Renovations and location driving businesses to Big Blue

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - More businesses are choosing to move to Big Blue in Wichita Falls after renovations were made to the downtown building.

"The excitement of Big Blue alone is just being inside of Big Blue," Judy Kurani Big Blue property manager said. "It's iconic to Wichita Falls."

So far this year, Kurani said at least ten businesses have moved to the iconic First Wichita Building six new entrepreneurs like Gloria Ricci.

"People know Big Blue so when I say I am at Big Blue, people know where I am," Ricci said. "So, it's not difficult to reach people."

She opened a cloud based accounting business, Succentrix Business Advisors, on the sixth floor of the building in March.

"We didn't have a lot of tenants but now we have more and more tenants every day," Ricci said.

Kurani said the renovations are why tenants moved in. The iconic blue buildng was built back in 1920 and faced structural problems.

"What people don't see is the behind the scenes infrastructure we've been doing like updated pipes and lines," Kurani said. "When we took over the building, a lot of busted pipes, a lot of damage, water damage had happened."

Kurani said they fixed the air conditioning system, elevator system and the asbestos problem.

"It has been taken care of," Kurani said.

Kurani said the location is also the tenants opened there businesses there.

"A big attraction was the downtown movement which is still in the process. Even though we didn't the bonds passed through, everything is still going on downtown," Kurani said.

She also said the student housing at the Crescent Hotel will not open July 1 as planned. She said the date was moved to next year. The City Center apartments above 8th Street Coffee House are expected to open by December.

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