City of Bel Aire Partners with KDOT for Rail Siding
Mayor David Austin and the Bel Aire City Council are pleased to announce the City has been awarded a funding package from the Kansas Department of Transportation to construct a rail siding in the Bel Aire Sunflower Commerce Park.
Bel Aire broke ground on the Sunflower Commerce Park in November of 2012 with the goal to create a premier business park located in South Central Kansas and Sedgwick County. The 800 acre park has a Union Pacific industrial line running through the center of the park which the City envisioned utilizing for businesses needing rail access. With the funding package from KDOT, the siding will become a reality allowing four lots totaling more than 60 acres in Phase 1 to now have rail shipping capabilities.
The City has been working with Buzzi Unicem to purchase a 12 acre lot on the southwest corner of 53rd and Greenwich. The contract contained a contingency that a rail siding be built in order for Buzzi to construct their $6 million dollar facility. With the funding from KDOT, the City can now move forward with construction of the siding and allow for the land contract to close. Buzzi will begin construction on their facility after the first of the year and utilize approximately 800 rail cars per year. Marlin Penner with John T. Arnold has worked the transaction and is responsible for marketing the Sunflower Commerce Park. The City currently has two other land purchase contracts in the due diligence phase for lots in the park. One is Shuttle Aerospace and the other is a yet to be announced international company. Century Manufacturing was the first business to locate in the park and has been operating for almost a year.
Jeff Lackey with TranSystems worked closely with the City in applying for funding and also was responsible for engineering of the Sunflower Commerce Park. Platting was done by Chuck May with Schwab-Eaton and Jeff Best with Law-Kingdon completed the master plan.. TranSystems has competed engineering on the siding and Union Pacific has approved access to their line. Construction should begin on the siding after the first of the year.
The City would like to thank Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King for his support of this project and the economic benefits it will bring to south central Kansas. City staff worked closely with John Maddox from the KDOT Freight and Rail Division as well as Mike Moriarty with the KDOT Economic Development Division who both were very supportive of this project.
BEL AIRE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
The Mayor, City of Bel Aire staff, and Community Development Committee want to thank all those that were able to attend the Bel Aire Christmas Celebration on December 7th at City Hall. Attendees enjoyed musical performances by Risen Savior Choir and Gospel Assembly band and children’s choir. The Community Development Committee coordinated the Christmas lights display, including wreathes along Central Park Avenue. Santa welcomed folks as they entered the event and the Mayor of Bel Aire introduced the winners of the Christmas Coloring Contest. The City of Bel Aire also wishes to thank the American Lung Association for their willingness to partner at this event, and their kind donation for a door prize.
TIPS FOR AVOIDING THE WINTER BUGS THIS WINTER!
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FIRST ANNUAL BEL AIRE COMMUNITY TALENT SHOW
The City of Bel Aire would like to extend a big thank you to all of those who were able to attend the First Annual Community Talent Show and Broadway on 45th Musical by Sunrise Christian Academy! We had many participating area businesses donating items, including gift certificates from Heartland Animal Hospital, Chisholm Trail State Bank, Halo Massage, Free horseback riding lessons, Free guitar lessons, and more!
In addition to the drawing prizes donated by area businesses, the Bel Aire Chamber donated all the prize money for 5 lucky winners! Grand prize also received a limo ride, following the talent show provided by A-List Limo! The City of Bel Aire wants to thank Sunrise Christian Academy, the judges, and volunteers who helped make this event a success! Here are some photos from this exciting event.
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT AND YOU ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13-19?
The City of Bel Aire Mayor's Youth Council has been recently approved by the governing body and the City of Bel Aire is now accepting applications! For those interested in participating on the Mayor's Youth Council, please click below on the Agreement Form and Application Form. You can then print off your copy and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 316-744-3739, Attention Rick.
· Students who are looking for new and challenging experiences
· Students who want to become engaged citizens
· Students who want to be leaders in the community
· Students who are dedicated to improving the lives of youth in Bel Aire
· Students who can work together in teams
· Students who like to work hard and have a good time!
NEW WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM FOR RESIDENTS!
The City Council for Bel Aire has just approved a new water conservation program for all residents! The purchase of new energy efficient appliances allows residents to receive a rebate in the form of a credit in their next month's utility bill. The credit is based on the type of appliance purchased and must meet program requirements.
Welcome to The City of Bel AireWelcome to the City of Bel Aire - City of the Future with Respect for It's Past! We feel the tagline of our community says a great deal of who we are, and what we believe. Our past delivered us to our present...commitment, dedication, and perseverance will boldly drive us into the future.
Bel Aire is an inviting community with strong businesses and wonderful people. With a population nearing 7,000 and its close proximity to Wichita, Bel Aire is afforded the amenities of big-city living, while being able to remain close to its small-town roots. In addition, nearby major transportation networks and available resources foster an environment of healthy business creation and expansion. These important characteristics make Bel Aire a great place to live, work, and raise a family. We invite you to take a look at our website, familiarize yourself with our community, and see for yourself why we are proud to call Bel Aire home!
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Bel Aire Quick Facts:
Date of Incorporation: November 26, 1980
Land Area: 6.83 sq. miles
Elevation: 1,400 ft
- County: Sedgwick
ZIP Code: 67220, 67226
Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Public School District: USD 259
Government: Council - Manager
Sales Tax: 7.15%
To find out more about Bel Aire, visit the US Census Bureau's Quick Facts about Bel Aire, KS