WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - News Channel 6 took a sneak peek into two new downtown apartment buildings set to open later this year.
Both buildings were anticipated to open last year but that changed after delays.
One of the buildings is City Center apartments located in 8th street. It is now set to open in February.
Dane Rodriguez, a future City Center tenant, said the longer wait has not curbed his excitement. Rodriguez said he will be closer to his favorite coffee shop and bar, Iron Horse Pub which is the same bar he went to during his time in the U.S. Air Force.
“That’s all there was to do down here [13 years ago]," Rodriguez said. "You didn’t have Uber back then. You had to hike a 15 dollar taxi back to Sheppard [Air Force]. Now, we have all these businesses opening, all this foot traffic. My children love it downtown.”
Delays also set back the opening of the The Brown Building luxury loft apartments on 9th Street. It will have 10 apartments which include nine one-single bedroom apartments and a one two-bedroom apartment.
Anthony Patterson, owner of the Brown Building, said he expects it to now open in May.
“We have all the walls, the sheet rock, all the plumbing installed," Patterson said. "As you walk around, you can see all the exposed ceilings in the living areas and the kitchen is an open floor plan.”
He said some needed additions are the cabinet installations, new paint and electrical installation outside the building.
Patterson said the growth in downtown is why he decided to open his lofts in the area. He said he wants to make downtown the staple of the city.
“I think it’s going to be great for downtown to have an extra building in downtown that’s been renovated and have residents here,” Patterson said. “I’ve been making a lot of relationships with some business owners downtown. I see that vibe and its exciting. I feel like the more the residents that live downtown means more residents that will shop downtown and want to be in downtown."
Patterson said in 1879 where his Brown Building stands was the site of the city’s first Christian Church.