Westport neighbors have been meeting with a developer who hopes to make improvements to a site that has a long history of neighborhood complaints – the XO Club at 40th and Central.
The club was the subject of numerous complaints about noise levels, trash and security issues, and a lawsuit filed in 2000.
Last Saturday at the Heart of Westport Neighborhood Association meeting, Kabir Bhakta, president of KB Construction in Wichita, shared the latest details of his plans to tear down the club. He hopes to replace it with a four-story Town Place Suites by Marriott extended stay hotel. If all goes as planned, he said, ground breaking could take place in late fall or winter and the hotel could be open 12-14 months later.
KB Construction also has built a Hampton Inn in McPherson, Kansas and a Holiday Inn Express in Perryton, Texas.
Bhakta told the group his company is working to clean up the site and working with architects and engineers on details.
“We don’t have any rendering yet, but on the exterior, our goal is to make sure it ties into the historic neighborhood,” he said.
Neighbors shared concerns about potential stormwater problems caused by the aged sewer system, the desire for historical accuracy and “a lobby that feels like Westport,” and ongoing parking problems in the neighborhood.
But neighbors agreed, in general, they would be glad to see the last of the XO Club.