TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Developers officially broke ground on the Cyrus Hotel during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon. The project at 912 S. Kansas Ave. has city leaders excited about what the development could mean for the downtown area.
“The downtown is the heart and soul of a city. The city doesn’t exist if there isn’t a downtown,” said Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast during the ceremony.
Since it was announced last year, developers have decided to expand from the original 75-80 rooms. Plans now include 109 rooms with space for a restaurant, café and bar. The hotel will also include two meeting rooms; a larger event space that can accommodate 275 people and a smaller venue with room for 100.
“We want this to be a lot more than a hotel. We really want this to be a source of pride for Topeka,” said Cody Foster, a developer on the project.
Developers expect to open during summer 2018 and Foster said the venue has already booked a wedding in October 2018.
While he acknowledged that other projects haven’t been announced in the year since the Cyrus began development, Foster said he’s confident in the power of Topeka’s downtown.
“The support we’ve got from the community and the excitement around it really does indicate to me that Topeka’s got a very bright future,” said Foster.
Construction is expected to begin early 2017.