This article was originally published in the Wichita Business Journal on August 14, 2015

Jason Van Sickle launches apartment management business

by Josh Heck

Jason Van Sickle has created a new entity that will bring in-house the management of his various apartment complexes.

Van Sickle is launching a limited liability corporation called Multifamily Hospitality to be a management arm of his development company, which until recently operated as J Van Sickle & Co. He recently shortened the name of the company to JVSCO.

Van Sickle says he is implementing Multifamily Hospitality at the Flats 324, a 68-unit apartment building that was once Wichita High School that he owns with developer Dave Burk. Construction is expected to start next week on a $7 million project to add 72 units, a pool and a Wi-Fi-ready cafe to that campus.

Van Sickle says he used various management companies for his different apartment projects, but that is changing with the formation of Multifamily Hospitality. He already has hired Kim Lewis, former manager of 250 Douglas Place, and an assistant manager to lead the new apartment management entity.

The idea is to create efficiencies within his operations.

Going forward, Van Sickle says, all of his apartment projects will be managed under that umbrella. He is planning apartment complexes in Andover, Liberal, Newton and Wellington. The Andover project calls for the addition of 312 apartments, while the other three will each have 216 units.