County officials OK tax-increment financing district to renovate Wichita's Union Station

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WICHITA, Kansas — Sedgwick County commissioners have voted to support creation of a tax-increment financing district that would help fund a proposed $54 million renovation of Union Station in downtown Wichita.

The city of Wichita already approved the district to capture future taxes to fix up the 100-year-old station, which has been vacant for about seven years.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports the project's developer hopes to begin construction on the first phase of renovation by the end of the year.

The project calls for retail, offices and restaurants in the space and a plaza in front that could be used to host events, street performers, food vendors and farmers markets.

Wednesday's commission vote approving the district was 3-2.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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