* Hawker Beechcraft, which recently reached an agreement with state, city and county officials to remain in Wichita, will resume negotiations with its Machinists union. Union members turned down a seven-year contract proposal in October. The current contract expires in August.
* The Union Station building , considered a key first step in downtown revitalization, is reportedly nearing a sale contract with a group of as-yet unidentified investors, who are planning a retail and entertainment complex. City officials and downtown consultants see the Union Station building on Douglas, which is owned by Cox Communications, as a key to tie Old Town and Intrust Bank Arena together.
* After a $29 million renovation, the Drury Plaza Hotel-Broadview is scheduled to open in May. The biggest change: the entrance to the building will now face the Arkansas River. The project is said to include a new American restaurant with local chef and caterer Jeremy Wade.
Also in May, the $12 million Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel is scheduled to open at WaterWalk.
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* Kansas regulators expect to decide Jan. 14 whether an Iowa developer can move forward with plans to build a state-owned casino in Mulvane. Peninsula Gaming's $260 million, Kansas Star casino would open in early 2012 and would be phased in over four years.
* The sale of Galichia Heart Hospital to HCA , the parent of Wesley, should close in the first quarter of 2011. It joins other Wesley facilities, which include its main hospital at Central and Hillside and a stand-alone emergency department on the west side, at 13th and Tyler.