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April 8, 2010

Downtown Revitalization

Heather Bohrer

This Tuesday (4/13) Wichita City Council will hold a public hearing on a Real Development request to expand a tax increment financing (TIF) plan for the Exchange Place housing project. While doing the research for the Destination ICT study, we heard time and time again that people wanted our downtown to be more than it currently is – more housing options, more entertainment options, more retail. And there is the always debated question of what needs to come first, the people or the places?

Have an opinion on this matter? Show up for the public hearing on Tuesday (council meetings start at 9:00) and share your opinion. Or simply send a quick email to your Council Member and let them know your thoughts. It DOES make a difference. Make sure your voice is heard.

Read more in the Eagle here and here. Real Development has a blog you can read here. And to see a video of the Exchange Place exterior and high-tech parking garage, click here.

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