Brett Klausman: Downtown driven by public-private partnerships

Brett Klausman is a member of the Downtown Topeka Foundation and is involved with developing several properties, including the former AT&T building at 823 S.E. Quincy, as part of Midwest Health. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

Brett Klausman believes that strong public-private partnerships are key in driving downtown Topeka in the direction it needs to go.

 

As part of the Downtown Topeka Foundation, Klausman had a hand in the pocket parks coming to fruition, a process that he said was fun to watch. Now the focus has shifted to development and funding for the plaza.

“The people at the table really care about this community and want the best for its residents,” the native Topekan said.

As part of Midwest Health, Klausman is helping develop and manage several downtown properties, including the former AT&T building at 823 S.E. Quincy.

Concepts for transforming the property, which has views of the Kansas Capitol, into residences are in their infancy, but the project is a priority, Klausman said.

“There is definite momentum in downtown, and I really think this is our opportunity to see it become a reality,” he said.

A key factor in that revitalization is public-private partnerships, including committed elected officials, investors and community members.

Private developers take risks and need backing to get projects off the ground, Klausman said.

Recent public investment in infrastructure was necessary to move downtown forward, he said.

“I really hope that our elected leaders continue to see the value in a strong downtown and continue to support it,” Klausman said.

Name: Brett Klausman

Age: 39

Profession: vice president of operations with Midwest Health

 

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