WICHITA, Kansas — A building rehab project is breathing new life into a south Wichita neighborhood. The renovations of the 23 acre site near Hydraulic and Mt. Vernon are more than halfway complete.
It’s a project city leaders hope can turn around the once blighted area. While the community celebrates the completion of the first phase of the Residences at Linwood apartments, work is underway on the next phase as the neighborhood gets a second chance.
“We had about 10 percent occupancy so 36 units out of 360 were occupied 75 percent of the property was either boarded up or uninhabitable,” said property manager Ayna Clifford.
Afton Comstock is one of those who have lived here since the not-so glory days.
“The ceilings looked like they were starting to come down and they actually put screws in the bathroom to help hold the ceiling up,” said Afton Comstock.
Raletta Stuckey owns a home across the street from one of the blighted buildings. She says her house has been broken into 5 times in the last 4 years.
“Probably been I’d say 6 or 7 years since really anyone lived around here so yeah I’d say it’s a good thing,” Stuckey said.
The city council approved an industrial revenue bond 2 years ago to pay for a sales tax exemption for construction materials.
It’s also a tax credit property; meaning the owner receives tax credits in exchange for offering the apartments to low income renters at a fixed rate.
Units are available in studio, one and two bedrooms. The first phase is 100% occupied, but applications are being accepted for apartments in the second phase of the project.