Wichita, KS – High Touch Technologies, an employee-owned company, will acquire downtown Wichita’s Sterling Building from attorney George Bruce. Located at the Northwest corner of William and Market, the building is immediately East of High Touch’s namesake building. The purchase of the two story building increases High Touch’s geographic footprint in Wichita by over 40,000 square feet.
“With the expansion and growth we are experiencing at High Touch we are running out of room,” said Wayne Chambers, President and CEO of High Touch Technologies. “We will upgrade the space to accommodate the high tech needs of today’s business, but preserve the industrial look of the building. We’re excited to continue to be part of Wichita’s vibrant downtown.”
Originally intended to be a roller skating rink in 1883, this specific corner of land was sold to the Federal Government in 1886. Four years later it was home to the Post Office, Wichita’s tallest building and the first to boast an elevator. Sears-Roebuck & Co. built the present building in the early 30’s and occupied it until 1955; First Federal Savings & Loan Association then purchased it in 1957. At the time the press called the acquisition “Another step in Wichita’s downtown expansion…” OA Management, Inc, acquired the building in 1992 and transferred it to President’s College, Inc. for the President’s College of Law. Sterling Building, LLC bought the building in 2004 and has owned it since that time.
Evan LaRue of John T. Arnold Associates brokered the deal, details are not disclosed. The sale will close August 15, 2016. Tenants for the building are undetermined at this time. John T. Arnold Associates previously brokered the deal for the High Touch building at William and Main.
The Wichita Business Journal, “High Touch is buying another downtown Wichita building.”
Read the WBJ’s article