City Council to discuss apartment complex proposals in Tuesday meeting

10/07/2013 6:00 PM

10/07/2013 6:00 PM

Wichita City Council members will sort through the controversy surrounding downtown apartment complex proposals during Tuesday morning's 9 a.m. meeting at City Hall.

The council also will hear from the public one week before approval of the city's $543 million proposed 2014 budget.

Council members are scheduled to choose a developer Tuesday morning to build apartments on city-owned land at First and McLean. A $22 million proposal from Bradley Fair developer George Laham and his partners has scored slightly higher in a third-party review than a $17 million proposal from Wichita developer Steve Clark and his partners.

But Clark, in a letter last week to City Manager Robert Layton, accused the city of backing off a commitment to his group to issue a request for proposals in March, a request that drew the Laham plan. Layton has denied that the city made any commitments to Clark's group.

The city's 2014 budget, a pared-down financial roadmap for next year that includes more road maintenance while redistributing emergency resources, is scheduled for a final council vote on Aug. 13.

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