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Imagine stepping outside your home, and in less than a minute you’re at the office or a music concert. That’s exactly what you’ll get at the new Spaghetti Works District by Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita.

It’s all part of a concept called "Live, work and play." Forty-one apartments plus retail shops are now under construction. The development is what city officials say is a much-needed facelift.

"I’m excited to move down here with all the exciting things happening." ~ Hope Stein

Combining the old with the new. Blending modern with sentimental. There’s just something special about a place that looks as though it evolved over the years.

"It really adds to something that is really the theme of the Design District and also the theme of Old Town," explained Brett Harris.

The original wood columns and brick walls remain inside the new Spaghetti Works apartments. And do you remember that lighted marquee sign? It welcomes you right as you enter the building.

"Everything is re-purposed," said Harris.

"We’re trying to find variety and no redundancy so we can try to provide something for everybody."

Every apartment features new appliances and huge windows — with views of Intrust Bank Arena, Union Station and the Spaghetti Works District.

But what is it about this swanky new spot that had people paying leasing deposits before it was built?

"When I lived downtown in Kansas City, I realized I have to be in the city," said Hope Stein, resident. "I just loved it."

Spaghetti Works is in a centralized location — bridging east and west of the train tracks. It was that very reason why local developers Brad Saville and Nick Esterline bought the building years ago.

"We just saw this as a really special property that had been abandoned for over 10 years," said Brad Saville.

Looking across Douglas Avenue the Spaghetti Works District doesn’t look like much now. But you know what they say, if you build it, they will come.

Developers say construction of the Spaghetti Works District is on schedule, and should open by summer of next year. If you’ve passed by it, there’s a sign that says "no unauthorized photos allowed," but KSN’s Amanda Aguilar was able to get a sneak peek.

Be sure to catch a glimpse tomorrow morning for a behind-the-scenes look you’ll only see on Kansas Today.

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