River South District
Stantec, the consultant for the City’s current EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant, is leading the planning process for a plan for the River South District. Phase 1 of the project kicked off during the first week of December, 2019 with meetings with the steering committee, property owners, and other stakeholders. Stantec returned for their Phase 2 visit on February 20th and 21st, 2020. They held a property owner/stakeholder meeting, a steering committee meeting, and a public open house.
Phase 3 deals with the public and open spaces within the district. Public comment during Phase 3 will be handled online, and is currently live. There are two items to view – a recorded presentation video and an interactive Story Map. Both will explain the Phase 2 land use recommendations and discuss Phase 3 of the plan. The interactive Story Map will allow you to provide input for Phase 3 by answering questions and pinning your comments to a map. Your feedback is appreciated and will help guide the public and open space recommendations in the plan.
The current public comment period will last until May 29th.
Contact Dan Warner at email@example.com or 368-3006 if you have questions about the planning process.
Phase 3 – Public and Open Spaces
River South Story Map – view and comment
In 2017 the City of Topeka was chosen for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances ($200,000) and petroleum ($100,000) grant funds. Grant funds have been used for:
- Inventory and prioritizing the City’s brownfield sites
- Outreach activities
- Small area-wide plan in the River South neighborhood – The work focuses on understanding existing conditions and identifying potential redevelopment patterns of this uniquely situated neighborhood, as outlined by the recently completed Downtown Topeka Market Analysis. As you will find in our proposed scope, we will work closely with the City of Topeka during initial study activities and will engage stakeholder input following completion of due diligence activities and preliminary concept development. Our goal is to provide the City of Topeka with high-level, general development concepts that will provide direction on ways in which the area can be reutilized.
- Phase I ESA and Phase II ESAs of 12 properties located in the future Oregon Trail Riverfront Park along the Kansas River adjacent to the NOTO Arts District and Great Overland Station.