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The Wichita City Council made corrections to a tax financing district for a south side redevelopment project. The changes will allow the city to move to the next steps in the creation of the Southfork development at 47th Street South and I-135.
The Sedgwick County clerk's office discovered problems in the boundaries of the tax district, with some parts of the district that were outside the city limits. The boundaries were changed to remove those areas from the project. That will allow the city to move forward without having to re-establish the district.
Increases in property tax revenue within the district will be used to help with some of the costs of the project.
The Southfork project includes medical offices, retail shops, restaurants and a hotel. City council member James Clendenin said it will bring emergency medical services and other services that have not been readily available to south Wichita residents.
The council has scheduled a public hearing for their April 16 meeting to get more details on the project plan. Clendenin is hoping that construction on the development can begin later this spring.