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The City of Wichita will unveil its new, expanded Q-Line service on Saturday.

The free trolley will have longer hours and new routes that will connect downtown Wichita with the Delano and College Hill neighborhoods.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday in favor of establishing a Tax Increment Finance, or TIF, district in the neighborhood surrounding Wichita's Lawrence Dumont Stadium.

After a lengthy discussion, commissioners voted 4-1 to give their support to the City of Wichita’s West Bank Redevelopment District. The TIF district is expected to generate about $20 million in additional property taxes to fund improvements to public spaces in the area, as well as the renovation of the city’s baseball stadium.

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The City of Wichita is exploring the possibility of creating a public-private partnership to pay for the next phase of its Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

At 48 years old, the downtown circular building with the light blue roof is showing its age, and the convention business has changed. Also, the city-owned public library next door will be vacant in a few years.

City Manager Robert Layton said Tuesday that the city is considering a number of options for remodeling Century II or building new facilities based on results from a 2014 market study.

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The City of Wichita has launched a new downtown bike-share program.

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A controversial proposed senior housing project in Wichita Riverside neighborhood has had a setback.

At their meeting Wednesday night, district advisory board members voted unanimously not to support an application for federal Housing Tax Credits submitted by Central Plains Development. The company wants to build a three-story, 60-unit senior housing complex at 13th and Bitting in the historic area.

The developers say the tax credits are necessary to offer affordable rent.

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Stormwater service charges are going up for Wichita residents.

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to increase the drainage fee rate for all Wichita customers, with residents bearing more of the cost increase.

Right now, all customers are charged $2 per month, with commercial property owners paying an additional fee based on their amount impervious surface -- property where water can't soak into the ground. The new system will charge a base rate of $1.50 per month, and begin charging residents based on actual square footage of impervious surface.

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The City of Wichita’s water rebate program, now in its 5th year, begins on Monday.

The city is offering residents across Wichita cash rebates if they purchase devices—such as dishwashers and toilets—that conserve water. A low-flow toilet, for example, can earn a household up to $100 from the city. Other eligible items include rain barrels, irrigation controllers and clothes washers.

Don Henry, assistant director of public works and utilities, said Thursday that the rebate program helps the city conserve water in case of a drought down the road.

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A furniture store, not a grocery store, will soon occupy the former Walmart Neighborhood Market in northeast Wichita.

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The City of Wichita is taking public comments about its proposed use of federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city receives Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Emergency Solutions Grant funds. The city's 2017-2018 action plan, which begins July 1, allocates an estimated $4.3 million for programs benefiting low- and moderate-income residents in Wichita. Those programs include affordable housing, domestic violence shelters, homeless prevention and homeless assistance.

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