WICHITA — Drury Southwest this morning may move a step closer to additional financing for its $29 million renovation of the historic Broadview Hotel.
City Council members will vote on whether to sign the city's name to a petition in favor of a community improvement district that would let Drury add 2 percent in sales tax to all transactions at the Broadview for 22 years.
The city must sign because it holds the title to some property in connection with industrial revenue bonds it issued for Drury. The city leases the property it holds title to back to Drury as part of the deal.
The move is part of the city's consent agenda, which is typically approved without discussion.
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A public hearing and another council vote in coming weeks will be required for Drury to secure the community improvement district funding.
Among other items on the consent agenda:
* A $22,271 settlement for a woman who was struck by a city vehicle when a city employee drove through a red light.
* A routine vote to destroy weapons police have seized in connection with crimes and that are no longer needed as evidence. The July list includes 117 guns, including shotguns, pistols and a Norinco SKS semi-automatic assault rifle.
The guns are crushed and sent through a shredder that grinds them into recyclable metals. There's no cost to the city; the company that does it can keep any leftover scrap metal.
The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be broadcast on cable Channel 7.
Check with Kansas.com for updates on the council's decisions.