History And Neighborhoods Spark Discussion Amongst Topeka Council Members

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Two weeks ago, Topeka City Council members postponed a decision on whether to allow demolition of an historic church on 700 SE Lime Street. The question was back on the table tonight.

Once again City Council members looked into the fate of the east Topeka United Methodist Church, and once again deferred a decision, but this time, they'll have to wait until June 4th. The city actually has already stated they have no plans to demolish the building, it is the Kansas East Conference United Methodist Church that owns the building and still needs time to weigh their options.

Another item sparking interest amongst council members was the Neighborhood Conservation District discussion. City Planning Director Bill Fiander spoke on the proposed matter. He said that older neighborhoods should be able to have more of a voice against new residential buildings being built in their communities that could potentially ruin its historic significance. The council approved the item 7-2, with councilman Grey and Campos voting against the issue.

City Council members also approved the construction of a bridge on SW 49th Street west of Topeka Boulevard.

Funding for the $946,000 project is completely covered by the Kansas Department of Transportation Federal Fund Exchange Program

Mayor Larry Wolgast also proclaimed May 2013 as "Bike Month," in Topeka. New permanent bike logos and signs along roads will start appearing soon, as Topeka is making a push to become more bike friendly.