Frustrated residents say the abandoned business attracts vandalism, violence

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Krispy Krunchy Chicken, located near 13th and Broadway in Wichita, has been closed for months. There were plans to turn the restaurant into a wings and burger restaurant, but that never happened. Now, residents say it has become a magnet for vandalism and even violence in the area.

Sedgwick County Commissioner Lacey Cruse lives near the vacant and now deteriorating building.

“I got 3 hypodermic needles from the backyard, people come and pee here,” she said.

The building has become an eyesore for those who live near it, and some are concerned for their safety.

“I had to pull my taser once, but I didn’t have to use it,” said Holly Piland, who lives across the street. “It’s really scary with homeless people.”

Cruse and Piland want to know how the property got so bad.

“Just how long it takes to go through all the red tape to clear this up. I mean, I’ve been talking about it for at least a month,” Cruse said.

A trespass notice was placed on the door before some of the windows were broken. We called the owner in the notice, who apparently lives in Montana, and asked when he plans to get the windows fixed. He said he didn’t want to talk to us. A law firm came and removed the trespass notice from the door. We tried to ask what was going on, but no one could tell us.

The city said the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction department has been in contact with the owner who said it is working with local maintenance crews to make repairs. Cruse said she doesn’t understand why he’s addicted to the property if it’s not making money and he lives across the country.

“This is just one example of what happens when a business goes under and the type of activity that surrounds businesses like this,” she said.

And the longer it sits, the more expensive it will be to fix it in the future.

“A realtor friend of mine had someone who wanted to come in and put a weird restaurant in here, but who knows what it’s going to take if things inside the building deteriorate or get vandalized even more inside? I mean, nobody’s going to buy a building like that,” Cruse said.

Cruse said he hopes the building doesn’t stay closed for too long like some of the other former businesses in the area. Instead, she said she would like to see someone who lives nearby invest in the building and turn it into something that can benefit the area.

On Friday morning, a contractor with the city of Wichita stopped by the building to see which windows needed to be boarded up. The city said this should be completed within 24 hours.

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