Topeka Economy, Clothing Bank Discussed At Community Meeting

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Hi-Crest community residents gathered Thursday night to discuss the newest activities going on at Go Topeka.

Doug Kinsinger, Chief Executive Officer of Topeka Chamber of Commerce and Go Topeka updated attendees on what his office is working on, especially in East Topeka.

Kinsinger said they are working to re-fill the Jostens building on Southeast Adams Street, and have had some interest in the facility.

He says there are still 90 employees that work in the building, but that they continue to show it to interested parties.

He also heard from community members as they voiced their desire to have increased retail in the area.

"We think it's important for our community to work together," Kinsinger said. "We aren't going to get anything accomplished if we're not all pulling in the same direction and jobs are important to all of us so we want to make sure we are listening to all segments of our community."

Also at Thursday's meeting, Nellie Hogan, a resident of the Hi-Crest community introduced her idea to start a free clothing bank at Avondale East.

The idea behind the clothing bank is to help those who are looking for jobs, or recently got jobs wear appropriate clothing.

"If you're short on money, clothing is way down on your list of things that you need, and we're hoping to maybe close that gap for some people," said Hogan.

Hogan says she'd like to have the bank open two mornings, two afternoons, and two evenings a week so everyone can make it in if they'd like.

The zoning proposal goes before city council on June 18. Hogan is hoping to have the bank set up and operating in the school by July 1.


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