Wichita megachurch plans 33-acre development

Central Community Church in Wichita filed plans with the city for developing 33 acres of vacant land just west of the existing church buildings. (Google Maps)

WICHITA — One of Wichita’s largest churches is planning to develop a major housing subdivision and special-events complex.

 

Central Community Church filed plans with the city for developing 33 acres of vacant land just west of the existing church buildings. City Council member Bryan Frye said he met with church leaders last week for a briefing on the development, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Plans call for as many as 280 homes and senior-living apartments, an amphitheater, a special events center or nightclub, a chapel, shops, a soccer field and two ponds. The megachurch would also set aside space for developing a future school that would serve students in kindergarten through high school.

Frye said this is the first time he’s seen a Wichita church try to build an entire multi-use neighborhood on its property.

“It’s very exciting,” he said. “I haven’t seen anything like that on the west side. In fact, I haven’t seen anything like it in Wichita.”

The plan will be presented at a public meeting Thursday before the Subdivision and Utility Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. The committee will review the proposal’s map that subdivides the land for the development, said Neil Strahl, a senior planner.

The Planning Commission will likely consider the development proposal in January, Strahl said.

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