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Pixius deal moves forward on St. Francis

Wednesday, July 27 2011 12:00 AM

Wichita Business Journal - by Chris Moon

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 12:32pm CDT


Jay Maxwell has closed on the purchase of the former Southwest Office Supply building near Old Town.

Maxwell plans to renovate and expand the 14,000-square-foot building at 301 N. St. Francis so that it can house his company, Pixius Communications.

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The deal was delayed a couple of months after the Wichita City Council in May rejected the issuance of industrial revenue bonds and tax exemptions for the $3 million project. Pixius didn't qualify for those incentives because not enough of its sales came from outside the metro area.

Maxwell says the project got a little smaller as a result.

"We had to pull a lot of costs out of the deal. We just downsized some ideas. Nothing catastrophic," he says.

But the project will receive a $900,000 facade improvement loan from the city.

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Maxwell says the building, as originally planned, will add a second-level mezzanine, which will expand the space by about 9,000 square feet. The building will house about 35 Pixius employees.

Ted Branson, of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, brokered the sale. The price wasn't disclosed. The deal closed Monday.

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Maxwell says he expects his company to move into the building by March or April.

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