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Tierra Verde project in Bel Aire moves forward

Published on -7/1/2014, 11:39 AM

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By Kelsey Ryan

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) Construction for the first phase of Tierra Verde, a 77-acre mixed-use development at 47th and North Webb Road in Bel Aire, is slated to be completed in the next two months.

Developers Paul Cavanaugh and Terrie Grillot said the project is progressing, even though one of their partners died last month.

Physician George Watson planned to have a medical clinic on the lower level of the new $5 million Concierge Surgical Recovery Suites on the site.

"I considered him a personal friend and wonderful man," Cavanaugh said. "Doc Watson had a lot of cutting edge ideas. He was a swell guy, a Vietnam vet like I am. It was a real tragedy when he passed away."

Watson practiced alternative medicine and family medicine in Park City and Hays, according to his obituary.

Now, other providers will take the space that Watson was going to have, Grillot said.

"Chiropractors, a plastic surgeon, IV therapist, life coach -- just a plethora of wellness specialists," she said.

There will also be a medical spa director and a sleep study director, Grillot said.

The site will include several Home Plus facilities, which will each house 12 residents and offer round-the-clock care. They have plans for another eight Home Pluses in the future, at an estimated cost of $1.5 million each.

The second phase will likely start in 2015 with a $5 million concierge wellness center and spa and another 12 rooms for pre-operative relaxation.

The third and final stage will include an event center with meeting areas, offices, a culinary school and a wine cellar.

"It's basically a wish list for all the people that are older. They just want to party, drink some wine and have fun," Grillot said.

Cavanaugh's companies, Guerilla Builders and Places Architects, will be the site's contractor and architect, respectively.

(c)2014 The Wichita Eagle

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