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Please join us for the next Topeka Planning Commission meeting on Monday, June 20, 6PM at the Municipal Building, 214 SE 8th Street, 2nd floor Council Chambers.

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May 18
City of Topeka named Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by League of American Bicyclists.

May 16
Planning Commission recommends approval of City’s second Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) for Elmhurst

May 12
Landmarks Commission approves Cyrus Hotel.

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The Landmarks Commission concurred with staff recommendations and APPROVED (5-3-1) the Cyrus Hotel application for conformity to the South Kansas Avenue Historic District standards at their meeting Thursday, May 12. The project involves an 8-story new addition, restoration of building facades, and demolition of two buildings. The project can now proceed to construction plans and building permit stage. No further action of the Landmarks Commission is necessary unless the design changes from what was approved.

May 7
State awards Planning Department $41,700 in Historic Preservation Fund grants.

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  1. $20,000 to conduct a historic resource survey for a portion of the Greater Auburndale neighborhood located just west of the Potwin Place National Historic District. The purpose is to determine eligibility for a historic district. The Department is matching $9,000 of paid staff time and $5,000 of cash budgeted funds to the project.
  2. $15,000 to conduct a historic resource survey for the Topeka Cemetery to determine those features that are eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic place. The Department is matching $9,000 in paid staff time to the project.
  3. $6,700 for educational training to have up to 3 Landmarks Commissioners and one staff attend the national preservation conference. The grant will fund all expenses.

April 25
Heritage Tourism grants approved.

Neighborhood Health Logo February 16, 2016
Topeka City Council has approved the North Topeka West Neighborhood Plan

February 12, 2016
Downtown Historic Districts Design Guidelines Progress Report

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