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Wichita City Council to discuss bid processes for public/private partnership projects

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 9:10 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.

The Wichita City Council will hold a workshop Tuesday morning on bid processes for public/private partnership projects.

Those bid processes have been an issue before the council for a couple of years, since City Manager Robert Layton and several council members intervened in the bidding for the city-funded Ambassador Hotel parking garage just off Douglas downtown.

That garage was slated to go to Key Construction, the Ambassador Hotel contractor, on a no-bid contract until Layton and council members changed policy and got the project bid. Key eventually won the project, after some city-led construction changes lowered the project cost from $6 million to $4.2 million.

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