Wichita City Council considers bonds for northeast zone, Spirit

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WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita City Council could take votes on several big bond issues today.

One of them involves improvements on the northeast. Sales tax and revenue bonds, or STAR bonds, would be used in the area of K-96 and Greenwich Road.

That neighborhood has seen major business growth in recent years. Hobby Lobby moved its east Wichita store to the K-96 and Greenwich area only two weeks ago.

The proposal before council would issue more than $31 million in bonds for several items. The main project is the new Goodsports Fieldhouse, to hold several sports. A water sports attraction is included as well, but today's council agenda has no details about that.

The K-96 and Greenwich interchange would be improved, as part of the bond issue.

Another proposal would issue $49 million in industrial revenue bonds for Spirit AeroSystems. Spirit employees have been busy making parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, along with other planes.

The bond money would help pay for modernization at the Wichita plant. In 2013 that's included several new air handling units, a fabric structure building and a new fire pump house.

Spirit plans to purchase all $49 million in bonds under the proposal.

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