Downtown Topeka encompasses 740 acres of property that is prime for development. While existing properties provide an abundance of opportunity, a recent market study found new development could support 900 new housing units, 690,000 square feet of retail space, 300,000 square feet of new or rehabbed office space, and 200 new hotel rooms. Imagine what you could do with that space. We’ll allow you to draw your own conclusions!


Rhiannon Square Ratio

Rhiannon Friedman


Paul Photo

Paul Cervantez

District Maintenance Specialist

Liz Cornish

Liz Cornish

Executive Assistant



Scott Gales, Chair
Architect One

Tim Bisel
Capital Journal

Garry Cushinberry
Corefirst Bank & Trust

Larry Gawronski
Topeka Performing Arts Center

Karen Hiller
Topeka City Council

MacKenzi Mondesir
US Bank

Robert Raff

Ken Scott, Chair-Elect/Treasurer
Capitol Federal

Matt Bult
Westar Energy

Shelby Edwards
Washburn University Student

Michael Griffin
Azura Credit Union

Matt Koupal

Dr. Michael Morrison
Topeka Public Schools

Nicki Salazar
Envista Credit Union

Capt. Colleen Stuart
Topeka Police Dept.

Lisa Stubbs, Past-Chair
Security Benefit

Frank Burnam
Kansas Dept. of Administration

Tony Emerson
Topeka City Council

Eric Grospitch
Washburn University

Abby Lear
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

Tracey O'Rourke
Stormont Vail Health

Megan Schwerdt Williams
Schwerdt Contract Interiors

Alicia VanWalleghen
Leaping Llamas

Caleb Asher
Sprout Creative

Jeff Clinger
TFirst United Methodist Church

Lindsay Freeman
Kansas Gas Service

Thad Halstead
Advisors Excel

Lane McNeil
Hill's Pet Nutrition

Clint Patty
Clayton Wealth Partners

Jennifer Sourk
Midwest Health

Downtown Topeka


The purpose of the Downtown Topeka Foundation is to raise and expend funds for the purpose of preserving, restoring and improving buildings, lands, streets, parks, monuments and other historical and cultural aspects of the downtown area.

To promote programs of interest or significance relating to the history and culture of downtown area in Topeka Kansas. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.

Pat Michaelis, Chair
Kurt Young, Vice Chair
Ken Scott, Secretary
Don Heiland, Treasurer