City approves $430,000 for Tallgrass

By Bryan Richardson

City commissioners unanimously approved Tallgrass Brewing Company’s economic development application Tuesday.

The city is entering an agreement with Tallgrass, providing up to $430,000 over the next 10 years.

“As a whole, I think the project will be interesting to watch and a great show of helping a local business grow and expand,” Commissioner Rich Jankovich said.

The funding would support the company’s move to the abandoned Western Wireless Call Center at 5960 Technology Circle in Corporate Technology Park.

The first $125,000 would be paid upon closing of the property.

The second $125,000 would be paid upon investment of $3.2 million of the more than $5 million cost for renovations, equipment and improvements to the property.

The remaining $180,000 would be disbursed as jobs are created on an annual basis over the next 10 years. Tallgrass expects to create 40 new jobs during this time.

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS


Commissioners selected the Retail Place and U.S. 24 project for submission to the Kansas Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2017 funding.

This project would allow for left turns into Retail Place going northbound on U.S. 24.

The estimated cost of the project is $207,920, with the city contributing $41,584 if KDOT approves funding for the project.

Other Geometric Improvement Program projects considered were Amherst Avenue and K-113 (eastbound double left-turn lane) and Ehlers Road and U.S. 24 (southbound right-turn lane).

The city will also submit three intersection projects for Federal-Aid Safety Program funding: College Avenue and Claflin Road, 11th Street and Poyntz Avenue, and Farm Bureau Road and K-113.

Unlike projects in the Geometric Improvement Program, up to four projects can be submitted for the Federal-Aid Safety Program.









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