Union Station

Sean Sandefur

  Wichita’s old Union Station took one step closer to having new tenants. The building, which was dedicated in 1914, has been vacant since 2007. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has the story…

Wichita City Council members approved a Tax Increment Financing District for a property along Douglas St. that contains Union Station and other historic buildings.

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Last week, Wichita’s Union Station quietly turned 100 years old. The once bustling stalwart of downtown has been sitting empty since 2007. But now the building has a new owner and there are hopes of reviving the building to the centerpiece it once was.

A Look Back

People once entered Union Station to board trains destined for St. Louis, Chicago and even Los Angeles. The Frisco, Santa Fe and Rock Island provided a luxurious, long-winding glimpse of the American landscape.

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Wichita passenger rail supporters will get a jump on National Train Day this Friday during a press conference at Union Station building in Wichita.

Though National Train Day is on Saturday, organizers say the 4 p.m. press conference on Friday will provide "significant updates" on passenger rail advocacy in Kansas. Wichita officials say they'll release a major statement regarding rail.

Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will lead the event; local business representatives who serve on his local Steering Committee will join him.

Wichita's Union Station Sold To Developer

Feb 4, 2013
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A Wichita development company has bought Union Station.

Occidental Management plans to restore the 99-year-old former train depot as a place for people to meet, eat, shop and work.

The company closed the deal Friday with Cox Communications. The building had been on the market since 2008.

Occidental chief Gary Oborny says his company wants to retain the marble interior and many of its classic features while also putting in space for office tenants, shops and at least two restaurants.

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