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“Dear Businesses Not in Wichita, If you are NOT here quit advertising! Thanks Dunkin Donuts, Ruby Tuesdays, Macys, and Dave and Busters. Sincerely Wichita Citizen!

– A Facebook post by Wichitan Carla Simpson, who added, “Come to Wichita trust me we are a Great City! Give us a try.”

State gives city of Wichita notice that nine agencies and more than 700 employees are leaving the Finney State Office Building

WICHITA — The state of Kansas has notified the city of Wichita that its nine agencies that occupy the Finney State Office Building downtown won’t be renewing their leases after 20 years in the city-owned building.

“It raises a red flag,” says Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita). “I have a concern there is a history of the governor rewarding financial contributors with state contracts. I know he has contributors in Wichita that own (buildings) that fall into that category. … I don’t want that to be the reason we’re moving.”

Sherriene Jones-Sontag, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, says Ward’s fears are unfounded.

“For Representative Ward to say that, what he said was inaccurate,” she says.

There are more than 700 state employees in the building, more than 550 of whom are with the state Department for Children and Families, which formerly was known as SRS. The other eight agencies are the Department for Aging and Disability Services, the Department of Revenue, the Kansas Human Rights Commission, the Department of Health and Environment, the Department of Administration, the Kansas Corporation Commission, the Office of the State Bank Commissioner and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

“We consulted with our agency tenants,” says Chuck Knapp, a spokesman with the Department of Administration. “After visiting with those agencies, we just determined it would be in the best interest of those agencies and their clients to seek space elsewhere.”

Knapp says he can’t be more specific and that each agency will have to answer for itself.

A spokeswoman for the largest tenant couldn’t be reached for comment. A spokesman for another agency referred questions to Knapp.

“I would like them to be able to articulate why this is a good idea, and I haven’t heard any of that,” Ward says.

He says his other major concern is a move from the building will hurt the clients who use it.

Ward was a Wichita City Council member in 1991 when the city was investigating ways to stimulate economic development downtown and proposed a plan to help the state reduce expenses by consolidating numerous offices into the vacant building at 230 E. William, which previously was home to Macy’s. The following year, he was in the state Senate “where we in fact accepted the city’s offer to do that.”

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City closes 9-level parking garage at Market and William

WICHITA — As of 4 p.m. Friday, the 9-level parking garage at the southwest corner of Market and William, which several buildings in the area use, will no longer be available.

“We are having the building closed for some structural concerns that we have about the facility,” says Rick Stubbs, co-assistant director of the city’s central inspection department.

He says two engineering reports say the building has “severe structural problems.”

Stubbs says the city has been talking to the garage’s owners – all of whom are from outside of Wichita – about the issues for several years.

There are barricades on some of the sidewalks around the garage, which Stubbs says are a safeguard even though there aren’t immediate safety concerns.

“They’re overdoing it just a little bit to protect the public,” says property manager Joe Young. “It’s not going to come crashing down or anything. We go in there on a weekly basis and just look for soft spots on the concrete and take them down.”

The structure, which is a former Macy’s parking garage, was built in 1966.

Young says it will cost at least $1 million to fix, but he says it most likely will be more than that.

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What businesses do you want in Wichita? We’d like to know . . .

WICHITA — There are two business questions readers seem to ask more than any others.

When is Wichita getting a Cheesecake Factory?

Why don’t we have a Costco?

Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods make popular topics as well.

Why aren’t they here? Are they coming?

Same with Pottery Barn. Steak ‘n Shake. Crate & Barrel. Joe’s Crab Shack. Bass Pro. Macy’s. IKEA. Whataburger.

The list goes on.

We’d like to know what’s on your list. Is there a restaurant or retail business you’d love to have here and wonder if there’s a chance it will come?

Let us know at whatwewant@wichitaeagle.com, and we’ll try and find out.

We’ll be printing what we learn in a couple of weeks.

With any luck, perhaps we can convince a few favorites that Wichita could indeed support them.