Wichita megachurch plans 280 homes, nightclub, amphitheater, shops and school

One of the city’s largest churches plans to develop a major housing subdivision and special-events complex in west Wichita, according to plans filed with the city.

The plan by Central Community Church envisions as many as 280 single- and multi-family homes and senior-living apartments, an amphitheater, a special events center/nightclub, a chapel, shops, a soccer field and two ponds. Space would also be set aside in the development for a future school, serving kindergarten through high school, according to a site plan filed with the city.

The new development is planned for 33 acres of vacant land just west of the existing church buildings at 6100 W. Maple, near the west bank of the Big Ditch. Church officials did not return phone messages seeking comment Thursday and Friday. But City Council member Bryan Frye, who represents the area, said he met with church leaders about a week ago for a briefing on the development.He said it’s the first time he’s seen a Wichita church attempt to build an entire residential/multi-use neighborhood on its property.

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