City Council extends public hearings on Wheatfield Village plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka City Council voted Tuesday to extend the public hearing on the Wheatfield Village project plan to October 3rd.

Sarah Anderson expressed her concern for the 14.7 acre plan during a public hearing at the meeting.

“I’m very concerned about all this traffic that’s going to be on Fairlawn road,” said Anderson. “I think it’s way too big of a project.”

She says the development location on the corner of SW 29th and Fairlawn is already a congested intersection.

“There’s just a lot of traffic right between 4 and 6 o’clock,” said Anderson. “And 29th and Fairlawn is prone to a lot of accidents.”

Anderson hopes her concerns won’t go unnoticed.

“At least I wish they would down scale,” said Anderson. “At least do that. I would just like them to not just dismiss our comments.”

Polsinelli Attorney, Bob Johnson represents the developers, Jim Klausman and Butch Eaton. He says they take public comments into consideration as they formulate the project.

“We’ve been hard at work with the city’s professional staff on working on traffic improvements that are necessary in relation to our project and the existing traffic that’s there today and also just working with the staff on a financing package that makes sense to get this project started,” Johnson said.

The developers will present their final plan on October 3rd.

“The idea is it’s presented that night and with that based on I’m hopeful we’d be ready to take votes on the plan,” Mayor Larry Wolgast said.