City councilors approve fire suppression for upscale apartments downtown

WICHITA FALLS - Downtown revitalization momentum continues rolling into the new year and soon will make way for some more places for rent in Wichita Falls.

The new owner of the Brown Building purchased the property just a few months ago and now he's getting a boost from 4B sales tax funds. The building on the corner of 9th and Lamar Street stands empty but work will start soon on a new fire suppression system to eventually make way for upscale living downtown.

From a coffee shop and grocery store, to fine dining, downtown Wichita Falls has seen many changes in recent years.

"Ii see a lot of businesses coming to the downtown area," property owner Anthony Patterson said. "I see residents as well and also I do have a passion to help downtown out."

Patterson is now getting involved to help and invest in downtown. In October, he purchased the Brown Building.

"Because of the numerous office spaces in downtown, I figured it's really not my passion. My passion was apartments," Patterson said.

On Tuesday, city councilors approved $122 thousand in 4B sales tax funds to help pay for a fire supression system and alarm system for the building on 9th Street. Patterson has plans to renovate and transform the space into ten upscale lofts.

"That's a goal of the city council and the sales tax corporation is to get more residential units in our downtown area," deputy city manager Jim Dockery said. "So that we build this critical mass that is needed for people to be down there and support many of the businesses that are popping up downtown."

Dockery says bringing residential spaces is one of the highest priorities as downtown development continues. It's all about giving the old historic buildings new life by using 4B funds to help offset some of the developers costs.

"They're old, historic buildings that often times have to be retrofitted with new fire suppression systems that weren't required when those buildings were originally constructed," Dockery said.

"You know, if you go to downtown, or Uptown in Dallas or Oklahoma City, you're going to see that. You don't have that here in Wichita Falls," Patterson said. "I really feel like that's going to be a niche that's going to bring people to these apartments and bring them downtown."

Patterson says the overall project is estimated to be around $1.3 million and plans to get the certificate of occupancy for the building before the end of the year.


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