Fate of 55-Acre Wichita RV Park Uncertain

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August 26, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

Sedgwick County, Kan., which includes the greater Wichita area, has received three proposals from developers for use of the Kansas Coliseum complex, Assistant County Manager Charlene Stevens said Tuesday (Aug. 25).

The county had issued a request for proposals seeking developers to buy or lease the 200-acre tract near Interstate 135 and 85th Street North. It received proposals from Hartman Arena, Heritage Development Group and North American Management Group of Kansas, Stevens said.

Details from the proposals haven't been released, according to the Wichita Business Journal.

The county must decide the fate of the coliseum grounds now that the county-owned Intrust Bank Arena is near completion. The request for proposals was for a developer wishing to use all or part of the facility. The grounds include Britt Brown Arena, the coliseum pavilions and a 55-acre RV park.

Heritage Development Group, which is marketing the coliseum for the county, made its proposal in partnership with Walz Harman Huffman Construction Inc., Adventure RV and Truck Center and Adventure Land RV Rental and Sales, Stevens said. The North American Management Group of Kansas proposal was in partnership with The Law Co. Inc. and Law/Kingdon Architecture.

Stevens said a review committee will begin examining the proposals Friday with hopes of having a recommendation before the Sedgwick County Commission in three to four weeks.

As reported earlier by the Wichita Eagle, the entire Kansas Coliseum complex — Britt Brown Arena and the pavilions — would close in February under a plan by Sedgwick County's manager.

That's despite $6 million in improvements made to the pavilions about two years ago, paid for by the sales tax that voters approved in 2004 for Intrust Bank Arena. As part of the vote, the county agreed to spiff up the pavilions and did so — replacing roofs, making electrical and mechanical improvements and installing plumbing that makes water available throughout the complex for equestrian events.

The county projects that the pavilions will lose about $550,000 a year if kept open after Britt Brown Arena closes and Intrust Bank Arena opens early next year.

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