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Shane O'Shea helps out All Star Services while using a tractor to clear mud from a parking lot on Garden Way on Sept. 5, 2018. City officials are looking for bids to demolish the apartment buildings at 1001-1023 Garden Way as part of federal-state grant to level properties in flood-prone areas.

The Manhattan city government is now taking bids to demolish three apartment buildings at Garden Way damaged during the 2018 Labor Day flood.

The buildings, 1001-1023 Garden Way, are each four-unit, townhouse-style buildings that are no longer occupied as a result of flooding on Wildcat Creek just south of the buildings. The city purchased the property and intends to make green space as part of its hazard mitigation program. That land could serve as a future connection to the Linear Trail, said Chad Bunger, the city’s assistant director of community development.

Total costs for the project are $713,000, including $497,000 to purchase the buildings. The city will pay $178,000, or 25%, of the cost as part of a larger $1.3 million grant from FEMA and the Kansas Department of Emergency Management to buy out flood prone properties. The city’s portion will come from the city’s stormwater fund.

Bunger said the grant also funds the buyout of three other properties in the area: 929 and 933 Village Drive and 155 Bethany Drive.

City officials are working with the owner of the home at 929 Village to relocate the building outside of the city. The other two properties should be demolished by the end of year, Bunger said.

This is the city’s third year participating in the federal-state grant program, and the city has bought out 21 dwelling units valued at $2.7 million using grant and city funding.

However, Bunger said the city might have to pursue other federal funding sources for future buyouts, as many cities will likely compete for grant funding following widespread flooding in the region.

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