David Heit: Bringing urban living to fruition

Architect David Heit has had a hand in developing — and preserving — several downtown buildings.

 

Currently, he’s designing lofts to occupy the second and third floors of 718 S. Kansas Ave.

“As an architect, it is fun to bring a particular vision of urban living to fruition,” Heit said.

Clients he’s worked with “have a vision for downtown and the courage to turn their ideas into reality,” he said.

Heit also is working on a project to expand the downtown BP station and serves as a member of the Topeka Landmarks Commission.

“I think it important to safeguard the built heritage that visually tells Topeka’s history and makes Topeka’s downtown unique, but we must also allow buildings to continue to evolve and remain relevant within the community,” Heit said. “Balancing past and present is an interesting challenge.”

Historic tax credits provide a big economic boost to renovating buildings, he added.

Heit wants to see downtown become the core of the city, a place where families from all of Topeka’s neighborhoods come to spend time and attend events.

“I hope the community can maintain the current momentum we have and downtown becomes a dynamic, diverse district with residents, local shopping and great local dining,” he said. “I hope it becomes the place where all segments of our community want to come to socialize and come together as one Topeka.”

PowerPlayer

Name: David Heit

Age: 45

Profession: Architect

 

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