Monday, February 7, 2011
Owners of a popular east Wichita shopping center want to make improvements. In turn, they want shoppers to pay more in sales tax.
Eastgate Shopping Center at Kellogg and Rock Road will ask the Wichita City Council to establish a Community Improvement District for the area. Plans call for facade renovations, and parking and store improvements.
The cost for the project will run more than $53 million. Eastgate developers say a one cent sales tax would be in place over a 22 year period to pay for the renovations.
"I think this place looks fine, but if the city wants to improve it, I don't think a one cent sales tax would stop me from shopping here," said shopper Cindy Simpson.
Eastgate developers will present their plan to the council Tuesday morning. A public hearing will take place on March 1.