Council votes on TIF district; sets public hearing for CID

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka council members took on the fates of two prized Wanamaker road retail locations Tuesday.

The council had a public hearing on creating tax increment financing for the Villa West shopping center.

Developers from Kansas City want to renovate the dilapidated property and call it Sherwood Crossing.

The $18 million project is set to be completed by 2022 with more open space, higher elevated shops and two restaurants.

Mayor De La Isla and the council voted 9-1 to establish Sherwood Crossing a tax increment financing district (TIF).

Councilman Tony Emerson was the one vote against.

Council members also set a date to hear comments on developer’s plans for the old K-Mart shopping center property at 17th and Wanamaker.

The body decided to have more discussions about 17th and Wanamaker on April 9 with a public hearing a week later, on the April 16.

John petersen - real estate council for developer "I think it's very wise to step back and make sure you understand the process,” John Petersen, Real Estate Council for the developer, said. “Make sure you understand the requests that are being made and then, of course, understand if a particular project is worthy of that incentive, because it is an investment by the public.”

The governing body also voted to approve a resolution allowing GreatLife North Topeka to convert their baseball fields into facilities for paintball, obstacle courses and disc and foot golf courses.