About

DOWNTOWN INC.

“What is really exciting about Downtown Topeka right now is that so many people want to be a part of the excitement. In the last 3-4 years, we have developed over 40 residential lofts and none of those lofts have sat vacant for more than 2 weeks. There is an energy downtown that I have never seen before and with the continuing development of Evergy Plaza and additional restaurants, I don’t see it slowing down.” - Mark Bernhide, Jackson Lofts

MISSION

To ensure that Topeka’s downtown is the center of a thriving regional economy through recruiting, retaining and engaging commercial, cultural and residential opportunities.

VISION

Downtown Topeka is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective development of commercial, cultural and residential activity and increased quality of life in the Topeka region.

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EQUITY & INCLUSION

Downtown Topeka is the heart of the community and serves as the mirror that reflects, demonstrates, and celebrates the diversity of its citizens.

It has a strong history rooted in commerce and inclusion and represents diversity of cultures, arts, entrepreneurs, innovative products, and services.

As representatives of Downtown Topeka, Inc., we strive to be a symbol of pride, prosperity, and diversity.  We stand together against racism and discrimination and commit to being intentional in identifying factors that harm, exclude and eliminate members of our community. 

As members and representatives of Downtown Topeka Inc., we pledge to foster an environment where all citizens and visitors feel welcome.

FROM VISION TO REALITY

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  • 2008

    What’s Next For Topeka?

    What’s Next For Topeka?

    June 9, 2008
    Heartland Visioning led public forums asking, “What’s next for Topeka?”. The response was to create a vibrant downtown. And, the design process begins.
  • 2012

    Infrastructure Replacements

    Infrastructure Replacements

    March 5, 2012

    City Council votes to commit $5 million toward needed infrastructure replacement, if private sector funding can assist with topside enhancements.

  • 2013

    Private Sector Donations

    Private Sector Donations

    September 16, 2013

    Private sector donor campaign begins, and exceeded the $1.8 million goal, by raising $4.4 million.

  • 2014

    Infrastructure Replacement Begins

    Infrastructure Replacement Begins

    May 19, 2014

    Infrastructure replacement begins – water lines, electrical, storm sewers, curbs and sidewalks, mill and overlay.

  • 2015

    Topside Enhancements Begin

    Topside Enhancements Begin

    June 10, 2015

    Topside enhancements begin, along with amenities.

  • 2016

    Topside Project Completion

    Topside Project Completion

    August 11, 2016

    Topside enhancements and project comes to completion.

  • 2020

    Evergy Plaza Founding

    Evergy Plaza Founding

    June 26, 2020

    Completion of the Evergy Plaza.

DTI Leadership

DOWNTOWN

DTI provides administrative services and oversight for the Capital Business Improvement District (CBID) and the Downtown Topeka Foundation (DTF).  The CBID is responsible for basic maintenance and snow removal of the core area and promotion of downtown in its entirety through marketing and events. The Downtown Topeka Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to provide cultural improvements for the downtown district and serves as the private sector organization responsible for private holdings and project oversight.