The Shawnee County Commission on Thursday will consider approving a proposed master plan to carry out $45 million worth of improvements at the Kansas Expocentre.
Commissioners Kevin Cook, Shelly Buhler and Bob Archer will take up the topic when they meet at 9 a.m. in their chambers in Room B-11 of the County Courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th.
Commissioners previously spoke about the plan on Dec. 11 and Dec. 20 with Chuck Smith, a partner in Topeka-based HTK Architects PA, the architect for the project.
The colorful, 118-page plan can be found on Page 76 of the Dec. 11 commission meeting agenda packet.
The document seeks to maintain a balanced approached between focusing on arena improvements, equine improvements and deferred maintenance. It recommends various moves that include building a new covered arena just south of the Expocentre’s Domer Arena and building a new stall barn just south of Landon Arena.
The Expocentre improvement project is to be financed using revenue resulting from the approval by Shawnee County voters in November 2014 of a ballot question extending for 14 years, until Dec. 31, 2031, a countywide, half-cent sales tax used to raise revenue for economic development and infrastructure improvements.
Topeka’s governing body and the county commission separately approved an interlocal agreement specifying how the revenue will be spent, including devoting $45 million toward improvements at the Expocentre.
Commissioners also plan Thursday to consider approving arrangements for the county to create benefit districts to carry out projects to construct an estimated $500,400 worth of streets and $145,000 worth of sewer lines in the general area of N.W. 53rd Terrace and Beaumont Court.
The move would arrange for the county to put street and sewer infrastructure in place and form a geographic district in which lot owners would pay specific amounts annually as part of their property tax bill over 20 years to cover infrastructure costs.
Reporter Tim Hrenchir can be reached at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.