Daily Archives: Oct. 5, 2010

Wichita City Council further delays new airport terminal

new terminalWorried about economic uncertainties, layoffs in the aviation industry and state legislation, Wichita City Council members today said they want to delay their decision on whether to build a new terminal at Mid-Continent Airport until at least January.

In the meantime, city officials and economists at Wichita State University will monitor sales tax returns and other factors to try to provide the council with a solid forecast of the local economy. Then, probably in January, the council will decide whether to put the $160 million project out for bids. Read More »

Council approves special tax at Drury Plaza Hotel (formerly the Broadview)

broadviewVisitors will pay a special 2 percent tax when purchasing rooms and other goods at the Drury Plaza Hotel when it opens after extensive renovations. That money will be channeled to developers to pay for renovations at the hotel.

Wichita City Council members today voted 6-1 in favor of allowing the extra tax at the hotel, formerly known as the Broadview Hotel. Council member Jim Skelton opposed it after hearing that the hotel developers wouldn’t necessarily need that incentive to complete the project. Read More »

Mayor Brewer: City is doing everything it can for aviation industry

Brewer gesturesIn a short speech at this morning’s city council meeting, Mayor Carl Brewer sought to reassure Wichitans that the city is doing everything it can to retain aviation companies and keep jobs.

“We’re worried just like you are,” he said. “We can assure you we’re not going to leave any stone unturned…”

Brewer, who worked at Spirit AeroSystems and retains a position there, said that every job — aviation and otherwise — is important to the city. The city can’t share everything it is doing with the public, he said.

“We’re going to do the very best job we can possibly do,” he said.

Brewer’s remarks come as Louisiana reportedly is trying to lure away Hawker Beechcraft. The company and Machinists union officials plan to meet today with Gov. Mark Parkinson in Topeka.