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21st Street Revitalization Celebration on Friday

4/25/2011
Council Member Janet Miller | JLMiller@wichita.gov | (316) 268-4331

Improvements include NOMAR marketplace grand opening

A ribbon-cutting event for the 21st Street Revitalization Project, featuring the NOMAR International Plaza, is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday at the northeast corner of 21st and Market. Scheduled speakers include Mayor Carl Brewer, District VI Council Member Janet Miller and representatives of the NOMAR Community Development Corp. (CDC).

The 21st Street Revitalization Project is designed to transform a culturally vibrant neighborhood into Wichita’s next destination, offering authentic food, shopping and entertainment in an ethnically rich environment. The public-private revitalization project includes:

NOMAR International Plaza, which includes an open-air market offering ethnic food and other goods; an office building; public restrooms; public gathering places for performances and cultural events; and a pedestrian archway and gateway tower, which act as district landmarks. The facilities cost $853,410.

Reconstruction of 21st Street from Waco to Broadway, rebuilt with a center left-turn lane from Waco to Market, left turn lanes in all directions and new traffic signals at 21st and Broadway. Amenities include brick pavers, benches and bike racks, landscaping and street lighting. A new water main and storm drainage was also part of the project. The infrastructure improvements (including right of way acquisition and demolition and utility relocation) cost $5.9 million.

A new Transit Shelter at the northwest corner of 21st Street and Market, with LED signs that display the current time, route name, route number and time of the next departure as well as other messages and an audio feature. The shelter costs $52,030.

Event parking will be available on the south side of 21st Street across from the Nomar International Plaza. Refreshments will be provided by the NOMAR CDC.

For more on the project and the NOMAR market, please visit www.wichita.gov.

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