This article was originally published by the Wichita Business Journal on June 15, 2016

Flats 324 expansion complete

BY JOSH HECK



A $7 million project to add 72 apartment units to the Flats 324 development is now complete.

The new building opened Wednesday with 53 percent of the units pre-leased, the developers say.

The building is an expansion to the apartment complex developers Jason Van Sickle and Dave Burk created with the conversion of the former Wichita High School at 324 N. Emporia. The first phase of the project 68 units reached 90 percent capacity within months of opening.

The expansion features an outdoor patio lounge and a coffee shop cafe. Flats 324 also now is a fully gated community, a selling point for the development.

"My goal with this project was to create one of the most amenity-rich apartment communities in the city, and security is an important amenity when you live downtown," Van Sickle says.

That's helped, he says, increase interest in the development.

The ground-up expansion started last summer.

The developers purchased an adjacent parking lot from United Methodist Open Door to facilitate the expansion. The city of Wichita also agreed to vacate its easement in an alley near the property.

Key Construction Inc. is the general contractor. Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture is the architect.