WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A big downtown development project received the city council’s stamp of approval Tuesday morning and it could result in a new high-end restaurant and rooftop bar.
The Wichita Falls City Council signed off on giving 4B Sales Tax Corporation funding of up to $133-thousand for renovations for the historic Filgo Building located at 10th and Indiana in downtown Wichita Falls.
The money approved will be used to upgrade the building’s suppression system and to make sure the infrastructure is compliant with city codes.
The first floor of the building is currently Picker’s Universe, an antiques and collectibles retailer.
Owners want to expand the second floor to create a restaurant and event space, as well as build a mid-level rooftop bar, which would be the first in the downtown area.
“Each quadrant of the second floor can be divided up into groups of 25 all the way up to the total of 300 to 400 people so there’s gonna be like 8 or 10 small version conference facilities there,” architect Syd Litteken said.
In all, the project has an estimated cost of $2.5 million.
A potential opening date has been set for late April or May 2020.
District 3 City Councilor Jeff Browning was the only person to vote against the measure.
Browning says he didn’t feel like there was enough detail to explain what the actual space was going to be used for.
Browning hopes it does not end up another space just to rent for events and would have liked plans with detailed drawings of the project.