Big plans revealed for new downtown Topeka hotel

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — When it comes to in downtown Topeka's revitalization efforts, a developer unveiled plans for perhaps the biggest addition yet, going five stories up.

Plans to transform four historic buildings on South Kansas Avenue into a boutique hotel and restaurant are underway. Cody Foster, a co-founder of Topeka's Advisor's Excel, is expanding his view from the financial world to downtown Topeka.

Foster announced his intentions for the Cyrus Hotel and Holliday Public House. The new venue featuring 10,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space is named after the founder of Topeka, Cyrus K. Holliday.

"When you look at his vision of what Topeka was going to be, what he envisioned for this city we see this as a modern vision of his original vision, so we wanted to honor him with the project," said Cody Foster, Project Developer.

The new hotel and restaurant will occupy the four existing historic structures of 912, 916, 918, and 920 Kansas Avenue, along with an additional five story tower.

"We are going to build a 79-room boutique hotel and restaurant here," said Foster.

Developers aren't going to blow up the current buildings. They plan to build on the current history that already exists.

“When you look at these walls, you say oh my gosh what are they going to do with them. I look a these walls and say oh my gosh this is going to be so cool,” said Chuck Comeau, Project designer.

Project designer, Chuck Comeau sees this as celebration of Topeka's history.

"It's unique to Topeka. It talks about Topeka it talks about our state and here you have such great architecture. You have such great history and you give people the opportunity to experience that," said Chuck Cameau, Project Designer.

Foster says they are excited to try and play a small role in helping Cyrus K. Holliday’s vision become a reality.

"We're hoping it will really be a catalyst for downtown, kind of a huge development project here that will spur on some additional activity downtown," said Foster.

"That the sun and all his course will visit no city more truly lovely and desirable than this," said Foster, quoting Holliday.

The planned opening is set for fall 2017.