WICHITA, Kan. A day after Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell announced that 700 jobs could be coming to Wichita's WaterWalk area, specifically the former home for Gander Mountain, city leaders say they can't confirm that projection nor what type of jobs could be added.
Thursday, Longwell said that "700 jobs" figure came from Wichita City Manager Robert Layton. Neither Longwell nor Layton could expand on Wednesday's announcement.
"I couldn't even tell you what it is," Longwell says. "No one has given me any details. Maybe my lesson learned is, we don't share anything unless we have definitive information. I'm not sure what the correct answer is."
Layton says he can't discuss the WaterWalk job projections because "its' our policy to not discuss economic development inquiries that we receive from companies."
He says he can confirm that Gander Mountain owner Jack DeBoer is working to find a business to go into the vacant building.
Eyewitness News Thursday put out calls to DeBoer, but was told he is out of the country. Layton and Longwell say it's commonplace to not release details of a business deal like the one rumored for the Gander Mountain building until that deal is close to being finalized.