Heartland Visioning Looking To Brighten Topeka's Future

By: Justin Surrency Email
By: Justin Surrency Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Round one brought the North Topeka Arts District and a downtown redevelopment plan.

Monday night, Heartland Visioning took the first step in asking, "What's next?"

The community input process is modeled on their 2008 campaign..

About two dozen Topekans attended Monday night's public meeting. Many said they are excited to see growth in the Capital City but hope Topekans can work together to take that vision to the next level.

Heartland Visioning staff and volunteers want to hear real issues, from real Topekans.

They say community meetings like this one will help them review... revise and refocus a five-year strategic plan.

Residents were asked what they want their community to look like in 2018, and what they would change. One popular issue, a vacancy property tax.

Allyn Lockner, an attendee, said, "These buildings are empty and we need clean to them up and to get the property taxes paid."

After lengthy discussions, those involved saw positive trends on paper.

District 6 Topeka city council Chad Manspeaker said, "What I liked most about my group was that we had a longer list of good things than bad, and the things we'd like to see changed are very manageable. It's just a matter of communicating those things to city leaders."

Heartland Visioning staff members believe the open dialogue will allow them to take Topeka to a level it's residents deserve.

Communications Director Emma Starkey said, "Having such positive discussions and positive energy...allows us to get great feedback and great results."

There is another open meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening at Velma Paris Community Center in south Topeka.

More event dates:
10/29 6-7:30 p.m. Velma K. Paris Community Center; 6715 SW Westview Rd. Topeka, KS

10/30 6:30-8 p.m. Crestview Shelter House; 4901 SW Shunga Dr., Topeka, KS

11/06 6:30-8 p.m. Lake Shawnee Shelter House #3; 3916 SE Memory Point, Topeka, KS

11/12 7-8:30 p.m Silver Lake Senior/Community Center; 404 E Lake St., Silver Lake, KS

11/18 6:30-8 p.m. Garfield Community Center; 1600 NE Quincy St., Topeka, KS

11/18 6:30-8 p.m. Oakland Community Center; 801 NE Poplar, Topeka, KS

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