30 Dec The Douglas Is Now Renting Out Some Of Their Beautiful Downtown Apartments, Phase 1 Complete
If you have ever wondered what living in downtown Wichita would be like, you may look no further than the newly remodeled apartments called simply “The Douglas“.
Sixty-six new apartments are being added to the downtown Wichita inventory with the opening of the first phase of The Douglas.
What is being called “tower one” of the project to convert the former Bitting and Exchange Place buildings on the northwest and northeast corners of Douglas and Market, respectively, opens Saturday.
The Wichita Business Journal took a tour of the refurbished property on Thursday. The attached gallery includes pictures from that tour.
So far, only one of the units is leased, but interest in the property is picking up, says Anya Clifford, community manager.
She says construction limited the ability to show the building, thus drastically reducing the amount of pre-leasing that could take place.
“We had a lot of interest and a lot of people asking questions prior to us being able to move in,” Clifford says.
Construction crews from Key Construction Inc. were busy this week checking off some “punch list” items on the apartments ahead of the opening.
The Douglas will be included with the Downtown Wichita Living Tour that the Wichita Downtown Development Corp. is offering on Sunday to showcase the city’s urban living options.
Clifford says the hope is that tour will drive additional interest in The Douglas.
The first phase includes a mix of one- and two-bedroom and studio apartments. The second through 11th floors of the building have apartments. The upper floors provide scenic views of downtown Wichita.
All of the apartments feature quartz countertops, Energy Star appliances, large windows and an in-unit washer and dryer.
Studio apartments are around 410 square feet and lease for $850 to $960 a month. One-bedroom apartments are 653 to 784 square feet with lease rates from $1,075 to $1,320 a month. The two-bedroom apartments are 1,109 square feet to 1,135 square feet with lease rates from $1,650 to $1,755.
The ground floor of tower one, meanwhile, eventually will be used for commercial space, but houses The Douglas’ leasing office for now.
Representatives from property management company Greystar occupy that space. That space will be used until the South Carolina-based company — making its entrance into the Wichita market — can move into its permanent location on the second floor of “tower two” of The Douglas in the former Exchange Place site.
Those involved say referring to both buildings collectively as The Douglas gives the apartments a unified brand with which people can identify.
Getting used to The Douglas name, however, is taking some time because the tendency is for people to refer to the buildings by their former names and as separate units.
The second and more amenity-rich building is expected to open next spring, adding 174 more apartments to downtown in the process.
That building will include a sky lounge and deck, a dog park and spa, a 24-hour fitness center and valet parking.
Clifford says people living in building one will have access to the amenities in building two. A parking garage with 273 parking spaces also is being constructed.
It’s all part of a $66 million revitalization and historic preservation project that is one piece of a larger apartment boom in Wichita.
If you would like to receive more information, including floor plans, you can view them by going to The Douglas listing on Wichita.com.