As Wichita City Council member Jeff Longwell noted during Tuesday’s council meeting, the selection of a developer for apartments along the west bank of the Arkansas River should have been a happy day for the city. After all, such a residential development has been a dream for decades, and the $24.7 million River Vista apartments, which the council selected on a 4-2 vote, is an exciting project that will help boost downtown’s renewal. Unfortunately, a dispute about how the proposal process was handled soured what should have been a celebration. Too bad.
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