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Topeka has two TIF districts, but there may be more to come

Taxpayers are on the hook for at least $2.6 million in development costs because of the Topeka City Council’s 2006 vote to provide tax-increment financing to improve central Topeka’s College Hill business district.

Still, Greater Topeka Partnership official Curtis Sneden says that project brought a positive transformation to that part of the city by replacing rundown structures with new apartment buildings and retail space.

“That entire area is better off,” said Sneden, the partnership’s senior vice president.

He was among those The Topeka Capital-Journal contacted this past week as it responded to a question posed through its reader engagement project, ”#TopCity What? You ask. We answer.”

Capital-Journal reader Lyndon Johnson asked for information about the city’s existing TIF districts a...

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Briefly noted: Star pulls Steve Rose column at heart of Denning suit; Affordable housing panel in Johnson County

The Kansas City Star’s headquarters in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Photo credit David Reber.

Star removes Steve Rose piece at heart of Denning lawsuit; Rose resigns from columnist role. The Kansas City Star has removed from its website the column by former Johnson County Sun publisher Steve Rose that prompted a lawsuit by Sen. Majority Leader Jim Denning of Overland Park. In the suit, Denning claims that Rose attributed statements to him that he never made, and that the two had not spoken in more than two years. “The Kansas City Star has been made aware of a lawsuit filed in response to a column written by Steve Rose and published on Jan. 26,” said Colleen McCain Nelson, The Star’s editorial page editor and vice president, in a story posted on the site...

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Ridgebrook Capital Partners Open Golden Oaks Memory Care in Shawnee, Kansas

Ridgebrook Capital Partners announces the grand opening of new The Golden Oaks Memory Care home in Shawnee, Kansas.

Shawnee, Kansas – Ridgebrook Capital Partners are proud to announce the Friday, December 6, 2018 grand opening of the Golden Oaks Memory Care Home in Shawnee, Kansas – a 5,000 square-foot home providing safe, loving care for 12 seniors diagnosed with dementia.

The Shawnee Memory Care Home is the first facility for Golden Oaks, a company which was founded in 2017 by Ridgebrook Capital Partners.

For several months prior to the December opening, Golden Oaks renovated the single-family home to fit the needs of a group home facility. It was made ADA-accessible and a 2,000 square-foot wing was added to the back...

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Census Block Group 002701-4 in Shawnee County, Kansas Housing

The median year that a house in Block Group 002701-4 was built is 1964, which is older than the median year for a house built in the state which is 1972 and is older than the median year for a house built in the USA which is 1976.

House Value

Median Value of a Total of 448 Owner Occupied Houses in Block Group 002701-4, see rank

Housing Occupancy
Block Group 002701-4KansasU.S.Total Housing Units559, see rank, 100%1,240,529132,741,033Occupied Housing Units559, 100.00%, see rank89.67%87.55%Owner Occupied448, 80.14%, see rank60.20%56.34%Renter Occupied111, 19.86%, see rank29.47%31.21%Vacant Housing Units0, 0.00%, see rank10.33%12.45%For Rent0, 0.00%, see rank2.35%2.34%For Sale Only0, 0.00%, see rank1.27%1.20%Rented or Sold, Not Occupied0, 0.00%, see rank0.82%0...

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Steele Creek – A Luxurious Apartments Community

Steele Creek is a community present in the Cherry Creek, which is place in the neighborhood of the city of Denver. Denver is a city where people come to fulfill their dreams and Cherry Creek Denver Apartments is also a part of their dream. In this part of the city, the apartments are full of amenities and comforts. Every community is trying to provide maximum comforts to their residents. Steele Creek is also one of them. This community is more like a resort where people enjoy a life of a five-star hotel.

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Report: Rents are on the rise in Kansas City

Renters in Kansas City may have reason to tighten their budgets with new information from (KCTV5)


Renters in Kansas City may have reason to tighten their budgets with new information from

According to the agency’s June report, rent in Kansas City has seen an increase over the past month.

The report states that rents have seen a 0.6-percent increase and 0.7-percent marginally in comparison to this time last year. This is the second month in a row that Kansas City has seen an increase in rent.

Currently, the median for rent in Kansas City is $740 for a one-bedroom apartment and $900 for a two-bedroom apartment.

Other large cities in Missouri have seen an increase in rent as well.

The list includes Overland Park, Shawnee and Olath...

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Strawberries ready for picking at Berry Hill UPick Farm south of Lake Shawnee

BERRYTON — Children and adults carried buckets, bags, boxes and bowls through Jay Shively’s 1½-acre strawberry patch on Friday, squatting to reach beneath the leaves for plump red berries.

Dozens of Topeka-area families, including many with young children, visited the patch at Berry Hill UPick Farm, 5840 S.E. Croco Road in Berryton, to pick a few pounds of vine-ripened strawberries from the field’s first crop.

Shively and his family planted 20,000 June-bearing and ever-bearing strawberry plants last September. The field opened for picking Monday.

“You’ll see kids coming out of there with red around their mouth,” he said Friday in between directing new arrivals to sections of the patch with the most ripe berries and taking a photo for a family preparing to pay for their berries...

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Shawnee Mission School District says no students will be punished for walkout

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The Shawnee Mission School District has said that no students will be punished for participating in the school walkout that happened on April 20.

They also said that a special meeting will be held on Monday evening to discuss their investigation into the issues that were brought up by the ACLU.

The full statement from the school district said,

"I can confirm with you that no students will be punished for participating in the walkout on April 20. I can also confirm that the district received a letter on April 27 regarding the walkouts, and that Dr. Southwick is personally investigating the issues that the ACLU claimed. Dr. Southwick will provide a report on his findings at the special meeting Monday night."

The ACLU of Kansas had said in a letter da...

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SM East student Lauren Winston wins Princeton Prize for Race Relations

SM East junior Lauren Winston gets a hug from principal John McKinney after being announced as this year’s Kansas City region winner of the Princeton Prize for Race Relations. Photo credit Diana Percy.

Next weekend, Shawnee Mission East junior Lauren Winston will be headed to Princeton University to meet with a highly select group of 26 other high schoolers from across the country who have been recognized for their initiative in helping foster positive relationships between people of different races.

As the Kansas City region’s 2018 winner of the annual Princeton Prize in Race Relations, Winston has the opportunity to participate in the Princeton Symposium on Race, to be held in New Jersey April 27 and 28.

At a ceremony Wednesday night at the Plaza offices of Polsinelli, Winston was honore...

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American Construction Metals will open manufacturing plant in Shawnee – Kansas City Business Journal

American Construction Metals said Monday that it will locate a new manufacturing and distribution plant in Shawnee.

The Wisconsin-based company said the facility will begin with 15 employees, though that number is expected to grow to 100 during the next five years. ACM is leasing 120,000 square feet of Building 3 in the WestLink Business Center, near Kansas Highway 7 and 43rd Street. Whitney Kerr Jr. and Rob Holland of Cushman & Wakefield led the real estate team for the project.

The Shawnee plant will be ACM’s fifth. It will produce steel and aluminum exterior building products, including roofing accessories, gutter and rainware accessories, trim coil, and siding and soffit accessories...

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