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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • City to host economic summit

  • In 2010, city commissioners approved a redevelopment plan for downtown and north Leavenworth.
    And the city's economic development administrator thinks it's a good time to revisit the plan.
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    • Economic summit
      The city of Leavenworth's economic summit is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. June 13 and from 3 to 5 p.m. June 14 at the Riverfront Community Center.

      The event is open to the public.
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      Economic summit
      The city of Leavenworth's economic summit is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. June 13 and from 3 to 5 p.m. June 14 at the Riverfront Community Center.

      The event is open to the public.
  • In 2010, city commissioners approved a redevelopment plan for downtown and north Leavenworth.
    And the city's economic development administrator thinks it's a good time to revisit the plan.
    "The plan is three years old and it is time to look at that," Gary Bartek said.
    The plan will be reviewed during an economic summit scheduled for June 13 and 14 at the Riverfront Community. City commissioners, other local officials and people Bartek described as stakeholders in the city will be participating in the summit. He said the summit will be open to the public.
    He said participants will look at demographic trends for the period since the plan was produced.
    Bartek said the Downtown/North Leavenworth Redevelopment Area Master Plan focused on three development areas, which were named the North Gateway Innovation & Business Campus, North Downtown Neighborhood and Downtown Town Square.
    "The plan was quite visionary," he said.
    According to the plan, the ultimate goal for the North Gateway Innovation & Business Campus was to "create unique business and employment destination for Leavenworth and northeast Kansas region." This redevelopment area is located along Metropolitan Avenue.
    The ultimate goal for the North Downtown Neighborhood was to "create a vibrant, market-rate residential enclave that provides opportunities for a vast-array of income levels in a quality-oriented environment." This redevelopment area is located to the south of the North Gateway Innovation & Business Campus.
    The ultimate goal for the Downtown Town Square was to create a destination for people by the use
    of "strategic public and private investments that benefit the entire Downtown/North Redevelopment Area and the Leavenworth community."
    Bartek said the city has completed its first project under the plan ― a hotel. The hotel at Fourth Street and Metropolitan Avenue has not yet been constructed. But the developer had a groundbreaking last week.
    Bartek said the first day of the summit will include a review of the plan and group interaction. The second day will be more focused on consensus building. And action steps will be developed from the consensus.

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