Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Wichita City Council approved street improvements near 29th and Maize Road, in Northwest Wichita.
The improvements will begin later this year and will help to get ready for the final phase of expansion at NewMarket Square.
"The improvements will help the traffic move smoother and make it easier to get in and out of the shopping center," said Jerry Jones, vice president of commercial development at Slawson Companies.
The project will provide left turn lanes, drainage improvements, and a side walk along the west side of Maize Road, south of 29th Street.
These planned improvements were originally set for $460,000. The new petition totals $1,275,000, where $800,000 will be paid for by the City of Wichita. The increased budget includes additional drainage improvements and paving improvements.
Funding was available in the Capital Improvement Program by deferring construction on the Patrol West Substation project, which was budgeted in 2014.
The fifth and final phase of development at NewMarket Square will include retail, restaurant, and office space, while preserving wetland vegetation.
Construction is expected to begin later this year.