Delano business owners voice mixed feelings on baseball stadium development

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Now that Wichita’s city council has made its decision on a contract for a new baseball stadium, what do business owners near the stadium think?

Business owners tell KSN while the stadium project could help Delano, it may come with some growing pains, one of those being available parking.

Business owners say parking is hard to come by, in Delano. And the idea of a new baseball stadium close-by, brings concerns.

“It may change their mind about wanting to come to our businesses,” said Kelli Foster, Bohemia Healing Spa Owner.

“Without it frankly, it makes it very difficult to do business,” said Jack Kellogg, Hatman Jack’s Owner.

It’s why Kellogg and other business owners asked the developer for additional spots. And he says at Tuesday night’s council meeting, the developer said he would cooperate.

“Access to 75 adequate and convenient parking spaces that we can use, as we have in the past, to be able to have a place for our customers as well as sometimes our employees,” said Kellogg.

While the news is reassuring to some, other Delano neighbors think it’s not enough. The owner of a therapuetic spa says her customers already have difficulty finding a parking space.

“We do deal with a lot of customers who do have injuries, and walking long distances can be very difficult for our customers,” said Foster.

But many people agreed that the stadium has potential to put Delano even more on the map.

“It makes them vested in the community, they want to be successful and they also want us to be successful, so I think it’s an awesome thing,” said Kurt Schmidt, Picasso’s Pizzeria Owner.

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