Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Project, Park on County's Agenda

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Project, Park on County's Agenda

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The proposed Wheatfield Village redevelopment project near S.W. 29th and Fairlawn Road and the potential expansion of North Topeka's McKinley Park are among topics local governing body members plan to take up this coming week.

The Shawnee County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in its chambers in Room B-11 of the County Courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th, while the Topeka City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

Topeka's governing body, consisting of the nine council members and Mayor Larry Wolgast, will hear public comments about the proposed adoption of a redevelopment project plan for 29 Fairlawn LLC's proposed $93 million Wheatfield Village development project in the Wheatfield Village Tax Increment Finance district. The 11-page project plan can be downloaded here.

Governing body members voted June 26 to establish the TIF district at the northwest corner of S.W. 29th and Fairlawn Road. The date on which the governing body will vote on whether to approve the project plan hasn't yet been set.

The project would include the construction on the 14.7-acre property of a Marriott hotel, an apartment complex, a nine-screen movie theater, a Johnny's Tavern, a PT's Coffee and a SPIN! Pizza.

Governing body members also plan to:

n Consider setting an Oct. 3 public hearing to accept public comments on the potential establishment of a community improvement district for NSI Investments' proposed project to redevelop property at 240 S.E. 29th. The district's establishment would authorize a sales tax, which would be levied only upon customers of businesses in the district.

n Discuss but take no action regarding the potential renewal of the city's Neighborhood Revitalization Program, which expires Dec. 31.

n Discuss but take no action regarding preliminary findings of a study conducted on the city's behalf regarding the potential development of a Downtown Parking Master Plan.

n Watch as the Topeka Human Relations Commission's Troy Scroggins Award, recognizing outstanding efforts to advance diversity and ameliorate discrimination and prejudice, is awarded to Topeka poets Annette Billings and Dennis Etzel. …

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