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City Forms Committee To Make Recommendation For Future Of Century II

Nadya Faulx
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The city of Wichita has appointed a committee to help guide a final decision over the future of Century II.

Mayor Jeff Longwell announced the 11-person committee at the annual Wichita Chamber luncheon Thursday. Members represent different businesses around town, as well as some of the performing arts groups that call Century II home, including the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Music Theatre Wichita and the Wichita Grand Opera.

“It’ll be a self-governing committee," he said. "And they will be tasked with preparing a recommendation to the mayor and the city council at the conclusion of the Century II input process, and this community engagement process that we’re getting ready to undertake.”

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Mayor Jeff Longwell speaks during a panel at a Wichita Chamber luncheon Thursday.

The city late last year said it planned to hire a consultant to lead a “transparent public engagement process.” City officials are figuring out what to do with the aging blue-domed building in downtown Wichita.

Early recommendations include expanding the convention center, and renovating the performing arts center.

The new committee is part of the larger "Project Wichita," also announced Thursday. The community engagement process will be led by public and private partners, and will eventually produce a 10-year vision for the city.