TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Plans for a halfway house near the Kansas Expocentre have been scrapped. A federal prison re-entry program wanted to turn the building at the corner of Hampton and Western Avenue into a halfway house. But, neighbors voiced their concerns to the planning commission and city council. Now – organizers of the program say they’re no longer interested. Now, the owner of the property is disappointed.
“A lot of people from the community which felt that a re-entry development center was proper and would be a proper use for that area but also was needed,” Steve Clinkenbeard, the owner of the property.
While the plans for a halfway house have stalled, someone will still moving in, the Kansas Department of Corrections. They signed a 15 year lease and will be relocating their parole office to the building.