Council rescinds business improvement district, approves $6.5 million aquatics plan

Rodney Price
October 20, 2020 - 12:39 pm
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The Wichita City Council appealed the business improvement district along Douglas Avenue. 

The council had adopted the ordinance in January, but a protest petition was filed in March. 132 out of 262 businesses signed off on the petition so the council had to rescind the ordinance.

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Vice Mayor Cindy Claycomb says things didn't turn out the way the planning committee wanted, but that's OK. 

"I think it really brought the Douglas Design district forward to think about, OK how do we want to move forward on something like this and right now they didn't think a BID was the way to go," she said.

The BID was to be funded by businesses in the district with a mandatory fee. Back in January, the council approved the proposal 4-2, after an hour and 45 minutes of discussion. One business owner called it a "burden and a tax."

$6.5 million was approved for phase 2 of the city's aquatics master plan. It includes improvements and art and aesthetic elements at Minisa and Harvest Pool, along with a splash pad at the Linwood Water Playground. Both phase 1 and 2 are scheduled to be completed before the start of the summer season 2021.

The council gave the green light to the city’s pavement preservation program next year, which will cost $11.5 million.

The council also approved industrial revenue bonds for FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training and the Gridley Family Foundation.

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