Council Vote Draws Harsh Words from Topeka Developer

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A Topeka developer had harsh words for Topeka City Council members, moments after another one of his proposals fell just shy of approval.

Gene Jani of Brainstorm Development wanted to build a retail shopping center near Southwest 53rd and Wanamaker. Neighbors filed a protest petition citing concerns over the size of the project and increased traffic.

The petition meant it needed seven votes to pass. It fell one shy at Tuesday night's meeting, with six members voting in favor of the zoning change for the development, John Alcala voting against it and Bill Haynes and Sylvia Ortiz abstaining.

Jani spoke during public comments shortly after the vote. He told the council he has followed all the rules procedures. He says he didn't ask for any variances from codes and didn't seek any tax breaks or public funding. He says he believes council members are letting personal vendettas get in the way. He told the council to ask themselves if they are acting to do what is best for Topeka. He also said he would expose corruption in city and county government.

Jani is suing the city over voting down another proposed development for SW 34th and Fairlawn.


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