Community Visualizing Improvements To Midtown

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dozens of people from the community came out tonight to visualize what the city's oldest district could look like.

"It's a pretty ambitious plan and we knew that from the start. We're glad to see that we're getting to this point now where we can hopefully see an end in sight," said Steve Krull, who lives in the area and serves on the Midtown Neighborhood Master Plan steering committee.

People like Jean Gust have lived in the neighborhood for 60 years. She has seen many residents come and go from Midtown which is bounded by 18th and Murdock between the Little Arkansas River and Santa Fe Street.

"We have a lot of rentals here. They're not kept up," said Gust. "We would just hope there'd be more people move in that are homeowners and would take pride in this neighborhood."

Stormwater and low-level flooding around the district were some of the recurring problems that the community voiced in the first phase of the plans back in 2004.

"Like anything in municipal government, it takes a while to program the money into what we call the capital improvement plan to continue the work. The money has now become available for this phase two," said Wichita Council Member Janet Miller.

Better lighting and signage were among some of the lower cost solutions to improving the area.

"Street signs - those are not so expensive necessarily so some of those things we might be able to do sooner," said Miller. "But we will after this process is over, create a timeline for implementation."

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