A former orthopedic center building on 21st Street in north Wichita has a new owner.
Tony Utter of Utter Commercial Real Estate tells the WBJ that a deal closed earlier this month for the sale of the vacant building to KVC Hospitals, a nonprofit Kansas City, Kan.-based juvenile psychiatric health provider. Utter represented the seller, DBB Holdings Inc.
"It’s a building that’s been vacant for more than 15 years," Utter says. "I think I’m the fourth broker for the building. I was asked to take it on 15 years ago, but the owners were asking too much and I was in the early stages with my business, so I didn’t."
"I’m excited about it. This is a building with an unusual, cool appearance and it’s built as solid as it gets."
Featuring two stories and more than 29,000 square feet, the former Kansas Orthopedic Center building sits at 1507 W. 21st St. N., just east of 21st and Amidon.
Lauren Lueck, director for strategic initiatives for KVC Hospitals, confirmed the organization is bringing a psychiatric center to the north Wichita location, but said a timeline for when it might open has not been set.
Once up and running, Lueck says, the hospital will serve minors between the ages of 6 and 16 and will be staffed around the clock.
"We’re still in the planning stages, but we saw an opportunity to come to Wichita and we took it," Lueck says.
KVC Hospitals mainly work with children and teens who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and feelings of violence, according to the organization’s website. Along with Prairie Ridge Hospital in Kansas City, KVC also runs Wheatland Hospital in Hays.