Schulz to give update on Campus Corridor

By Bethany Knipp

Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz is scheduled to give an update on the university’s North Campus Corridor plan to city commissioners at their 5:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday.

Schulz’s presentation during the city work session will focus on how the city and K-State could work together to align K-State’s 2025 Master Plan and the city’s public infrastructure needs, said Jason Hilgers, Manhattan’s deputy city manager. Those needs include water and sewer lines and storm water drainage, he said.

Hilgers indicated the city has a contract to make improvements at Denison Avenue, Kimball Avenue and along the Kimball Avenue and N. Manhattan Avenue corridors.

The university and city will discuss integration plans for improvements on K-State’s northern hemisphere, which include an expansion to Pat Roberts Hall, renovations and expansions to the Veterinary Medicine Complex, Grain Science Complex expansions, a research park and expansions at K-State athletic facilities.

“It helps to have these plans done so we can size and build infrastructure accordingly,” Hilgers said.

The university noted that it could need $225,000 for the North Campus Corridor, with the city potentially contributing $75,000 of that. K-State would fund the rest. Commissioners also will hear a presentation from city director of public works Robert Ott concerning updates and recommendations for street pavement funding — which Ott said currently does not meet maintenance demands.

He said some funding options that will be discussed could be a wheel tax, an increase in sales tax (resident vote required), an increase in the mill levy or the decrease of the Special Street and Highway Fund for Grant Match Projects —  for which the city pays for leftover costs in projects that are partially funded by grants from other entities, including the Kansas Department of Transportation.

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