Downtown apartments project goes down to the wire
A California developer on Tuesday produced an 11th-hour bid to conserve his $16-million venture to convert a downtown high-rise into apartments that cater to MSU students.
Will Kelty went ahead of Wichita County Commissioners to inquire for tax abatements for his project at the Petroleum Creating at Eighth Street and Scott Avenue, the former home of the Holiday Inn Downtown. He faced a Wednesday deadline to obtain the abatements in purchase to get funding from a loan company.
Efforts to convert some floors in the 10-tale building into housing for university learners and the remaining flooring into conventional apartments has been a financing nightmare for Kelty, who presently owns the Large Blue Making and has been included in restoration of other downtown structures.
He told commissioners restoration of the property would improve its tax value and deliver far more income to the county, in addition to bringing additional dwelling room to downtown.
Kelty has already acquired incentives from the town, together with $1 million for a hearth supression procedure.
Midwestern Point out College would have no formal connection with the finished developing but was agreeable to putting in a bus route to accommodate students. He said the residences would be similarly priced as dormitory facilities but would be more roomy and have private baths.
“The university will not indicator on to it, but they are inclined to inspire it,” Kelty explained.
Kelty has encountered financing road blocks all through the system of attempting to renovate the developing.
“It truly is artistic funding to try to make this function,” he stated.
“From a enterprise point of view it appears to be like you happen to be sticking your neck out on the line a lengthy approaches,” Commissioner Mickey Fincannon reported.
“This is a large gamble for me. If I are unsuccessful, I are unsuccessful personally,” Kelty explained.
Commissioners talked over the intricacies of the ask for at duration ahead of passing a measure that authorized abatements in basic principle — but is subject to a ultimate vote once information are worked out. Kelty reported later on he believed that would be plenty of to fulfill the bank.
Part of the very first ground of the setting up is occupied by companies, but the higher flooring have been vacant for several several years. As a lodge, the construction adjusted names and house owners a number of periods, finally getting to be a residential hotel that was the site of numerous police calls. It sits on the internet site of the aged Kemp Resort, which was the city’s premier hotel until eventually it was demolished six a long time ago.