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Wichita City Council Sets Hearing Over Tax District For Pickleball Restaurant

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There is already a Chicken N Pickle in Kansas City. Developers want to bring the concept to Wichita.

City Council will hold a public hearing next month over a tax district meant to support a combination entertainment venue-restaurant in east Wichita.

Developers want to build a Chicken N Pickle at 13th and Greenwich, and they want to use Community Improvement District funds to support the project. 

The restaurant will feature indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, along with other lawn games. There's already one restaurant in Kansas City; the business wants to expand the concept down to Wichita.

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The proposed CID would be at 13th and Greenwich.

If the city votes to establish the district, known as a CID, Chicken N Pickle can charge an additional 1.5 percent sales tax. The project is expected to cost about $10 million, a little over $2 million of which would be paid for through the CID.

Ten percent of the sales tax revenue — about $230,000 — would go to the city to fund public improvements in the area, like street maintenance and traffic lights. Developers from Kansas City and Wichita say the project will raise overall property value in the Plazzio retail center.

Council member Pete Meitzner represents the area where Chicken N Pickle would be located. He said he’ll reserve his “positive comments” about the project until the formal public hearing on Jan. 9.

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