New redevelopment project in downtown

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Another redevelopment project is coming to Downtown Topeka. This time, however, the city isn’t paying for it. Instead it’s coming from a local civic group.

The capitol city is filled with so much History, the Topeka Rotary Club says it wants to tie it all together. So they are creating a Pocket Park next to Constitution Hall.

“What we’re trying to do is bring back the vitality of the entire core of the city by redeveloping and recognizing it’s roots,” Project Developer Greg Allen said.

The building was the state’s original capitol building prior to 1869. The club will remodel the side and back of the building and signs will talk about its importance.

“A lot of information and, right on the sidewalk and at the front wall of Constitution Hall but it also includes a green space that goes all the way back from the street,” City Council Member Karen Hiller said.

The club wants the park to be a place were people can go and have quite time, downtown.

“It ties the History in it anchors a focal point in between constitution hall and the post office,” Hiller said.

“It is seminal to understanding who we are as a community,” Allen said.

And with the old post office building right across the street, the park should prove a popular attraction. Weather permitting, the group hopes to being construction in March. Plans are to have the park’s grand opening in June.

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