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City nears agreement on downtown revitalization plan

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WICHITA — City officials are nearing a $500,000 agreement with Goody Clancy to develop a downtown revitalization master plan.

A contract could be finalized as soon as Thursday, setting the stage for an Oct. 13 vote by the city council.

Goody Clancy, a Boston-based architectural and planning firm, pitched a $475,000 plan.

The proposal includes several options that would add to the cost, including a $100,000 transportation master plan that would examine bike lanes, pedestrian paths, freight ways and parking options.

The city is negotiating to add several options to the project at a cost much lower than what's listed in the proposal, according to Scott Knebel, a principal planner with the city.

People can view the Goody Clancy proposal online with this story for the first time today.

That comes after City Manager Robert Layton agreed to release proposals from four firms being considered.

The Goody Clancy proposal includes details about the firm's partners in the downtown plan, a list of other projects they've done and a timeline of showing how they would progress over the next year.

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