Daily Archives: April 27, 2010

Transportation Department unveils anti-texting posters


TOPEKA – As part of a push to ban texting for all drivers, the Kansas Department of Transportation unveiled Tuesday a poster series urging drivers to stop typing while their car is moving.

There isn’t a lot of data yet showing the impact of texting while driving, said Lt. Gov. Troy Findley, a Democrat. “But we really don’t need a lot of data to know that it’s a really bad idea.”

The five posters were designed by Kansas State University graduate student Brian Bookwalter, 32, and include images such as a bare foot with a toe tag reading “NT BSY JUST DRVN” with the question “What will your last text message say?” beneath it. Read More »

Downtown condo project gets final approval

Exchange Place

Exchange Place

Downtown Wichita’s largest residential developments in decades lurched ahead this morning with the City Council’s final approval of an extra $1 million in public financing.

Though the condo development’s prospects were in question just a week ago, a $900,000 influx of private money proved enough to convince council members that the deal, though risky, is worth the public taxpayer investment, which is expected to be recouped by increased property tax payments over the next 20 years.

Council members this morning voted 5-2 — the same as last week’s vote — to approve the increase in tax increment financing to $10.3 million. That money is expected to secure a $30 million federally backed loan.

Council members Jim Skelton and Paul Gray opposed the deal, and they have called it too risky in previous discussions.

Real Development‘s project promises 230 apartments with rooftop lounge areas, around 64 nighttime and 100 daytime public parking spaces, and a ground-level retail strip that includes some kind of small grocery store in the building at Douglas and Market. Read More »