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A community engagement process will begin this fall on preliminary plans for the future of Century II in downtown Wichita.

City leaders are recommending expanding and renovating Century II instead of building new facilities.

Four arts organizations are based at the blue domed performing arts center: Music Theatre Wichita, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera and Music Theatre for Young People.

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City leaders are recommending expanding and renovating Century II in downtown Wichita instead of building new facilities.

The preliminary ideas presented at a special workshop Tuesday night are based on a consultant’s report.

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A special meeting will be held Tuesday night in Wichita to go over a report about future options for the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

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The City of Wichita and Sedgwick County are in the process of consolidating their housing authority programs to help provide more efficient service.

Under the new agreement, Wichita will take over Sedgwick County’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which helps income-eligible renters find housing on the private market.

Currently, the Wichita Housing Authority administers 2700 vouchers within city limits. Sedgwick County’s housing authority—which also covers Butler and Harvey counties--administers about 340 vouchers.

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Two Wichita City Council members were in Oklahoma Wednesday to discuss the potential expansion of Amtrak passenger rail service through the Midwest.

Pete Meitzner and James Clendenin visited the Oklahoma State Capitol to testify before the House Transportation Committee. They shared data to support a plan to extend Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer Route from Oklahoma City up to Newton.

Speaking after the meeting, Meitzner said filling the service gap between Oklahoma and Kansas would grow Amtrak ridership on the route, which reaches Fort Worth, Texas.


City Council members voted Tuesday to allocate more than $4 million from the recent sale of the Hyatt Hotel to projects across Wichita.

Five of Wichita's six council districts put forward plans on how to use their share of the funds. Only District 6, which encompasses Old Town, was not part of the vote.

Projects include a new dog park at Harrison Park in District 2; a matching donation of $250,000 for the renovation of Dunbar Theatre in District 1; and $1 million toward the development of the Pracht Wetlands Park in District 5.

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City Council members on Tuesday got a look at a plan to restore Wichita’s historic Dunbar Theatre, which closed in 1963.

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The City of Wichita is moving forward with its plans to upgrade the Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.

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The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, plan for the redesign of Naftzger Park downtown.

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The Wichita City Council on Tuesday passed its 2018-19 budget, and voted to add $4 million to its long-term spending plan to eventually build a new pool in the northeast part of the city.

Passing the $590 million operating budget was not a problem.