Projects

photo of existing levee

Manhattan Levee

Total Project Cost: $33 million

Sales Tax Funding: $13.4 million

Other Funding Sources: US Army Corps of Engineers ($19.6 million) 

Timeline: design 2004 - completion 2023

Description: The levee on the east side of Manhattan requires maintenance and rehabilitation to protect the community. The levee protects 7,600 residents and $1.4 billion in public and private infrastructure including the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants that serve our community. The US Army Corps of Engineers completed a multi-year study on the need for the project and will begin construction in 2020.

Aggieville Community Vision with outline of Aggieville

Aggieville Community Vision

The goal is to implement a community-wide vision for the future development of Aggieville as a vibrant, historic, pedestrian-oriented urban district that offers diverse shopping, dining, entertainment, and residential opportunities for all.

Total Project Cost: $30 million

Sales Tax Funding: $20 million

Other funding sources: Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Revenue from the district ($10+ million)

Timeline: 2016 - 2024. The planning phase began in 2016 and a new parking garage should begin construction in 2020. Additional elements of the project, such as street improvements, sidewalk expansion and amenities, landscaping, and updates to Triangle Park, will occur in phases through 2024.

Description: Proposed improvements to the infrastructure in Aggieville will serve as a catalyst to develop the district into a vibrant, historic, pedestrian-oriented urban district that offers diverse shopping, dining, entertainment, and residential opportunities. Elements would include a parking garage, improved water and wastewater, electricity, storm sewer, alleys, lighting, and landscaping.

  • Public parking garage at Laramie St. and N. Manhattan Ave.
  • Public WiFi
  • Alley improvements
  • Lighting
  • Expanded sidewalks with pedestrian amenities
  • Landscape and trees
  • Triangle Park improvements
  • Electrical upgrades
  • Street upgrades
  • Water and Sewer improvements
Aggieville garage model drawing
photo of work in progress on North Manhattan Avenue as part of the North Campus Corridor project

North Campus Corridor

The North Campus Corridor project will include several segments of City roadway and infrastructure improvements along the northern edge of Kansas State University. 

Total Project Cost: $43 Million

Sales Tax Funding: $25 million

Other Funding Sources: $10 million City/University Fund, $4.2 million KDOT, $3 million K-State Athletics, $1.5 million Economic Development Fund

Timeline: 2014-2023

Phases 1-4 are complete. Phase 5 is in progress at North Manhattan Avenue, and Phases 6-13 will be finished by 2023 in anticipation of NBAF becoming fully operational.

Description: Planning started in 2014 for this 13-phase project to improve the infrastructure along the northern sides of the K-State campus and the research corridor, including the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility.

Improvements along College, Kimball, Denison and North Manhattan Avenue will include:

  • Street widening, dedicated turn lanes, as well as raised and protected medians down the center of the street along Kimball
  • Intersection and crosswalk improvements
  • 10' multi-use sidewalks for bicycles and pedestrians
  • Landscaping and signage
  • Bus loading zones
  • Burying overhead power lines
photo of people exercising at the Douglass Community Center

Douglass Recreation Center

The 2014 strategic facility improvement plan identified a community need for more indoor recreation facilities throughout the community, including the south east neighborhood of Manhattan. This new center would be located at 10th St. and Fort Riley Boulevard, near the existing Douglass Community Center.

Total Project Cost: $4.5 million 

Sales Tax Funding: $4.5 million

Timeline: Construction would begin in 2020 and be completed in early 2021

Description: The City of Manhattan is in the process of completing the design of a new indoor recreation facility at 10th and Fort Riley Boulevard, near the existing Douglass Community Center and Douglass Center Annex. The existing facilities, built in the 1903/1937, are undersized and not sufficient to meet the needs of the community and surrounding neighborhoods. 

The facility will include: one high-school regulation basketball court with two smaller cross courts, two NCAA regulation volleyball courts, two pickleball courts, a multi purpose classroom, a fitness program space, and an elevated, three-lane indoor walking track

Douglass Rec Center
photo of a plane on the runway at Manhattan Regional Airport

MHK Regional Airport Runway  & Taxiway Reconstruction

The concrete on the existing runway is nearing the end of its lifespan. A 2013 Department of Defense (DOD) report and 2014 Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) pavement condition index indicated that the major condition of the runway pavement ranged from serious, very poor, and fair. In order to continue serving the community, the FAA requires reconstruction of the runway and taxiway.

Total Project Cost: $52.5 million

Sales Tax Funding: $5.2 million

Other Funding sources: $47.3 million Federal Aviation Administration

Timeline: 2020 - 2023

Description: Remove and replace pavement on the 7,000 x 150 ft runway at Manhattan Regional Airport, as well as remove and replace the pavement of the taxiway which connects the terminal to the runway.


photo of the runway at Manhattan Regional Airport
photo of an existing maintenance facility

City Maintenance Facility

Currently the City utilizes four different maintenance facilities across the community: Forestry/Park Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Street Maintenance, and Water/Wastewater/Sewer Maintenance. These facilities were built between 1920-1960 and are now functionally obsolete. The buildings do not have enough space to accommodate all employees, or to store and maintain necessary equipment for operations. Furthermore, equipment is spread across different city facilities causing operational inefficiencies. The existing fleet maintenance shop cannot service many of the larger trucks and machines, including our fire trucks.

Total Project Cost: $12 Million

Sales Tax Funding: $1 million

Other Funding Sources: Wastewater Fund (30%), Water Fund (30%), Stormwater Fund (19%), Special Parks and Rec Fund (7%), Special Street & Highway Fund (7%)

Timeline: Land acquisition and facility design will occur through 2019 and into 2020. Construction would occur in 2021.

Description: This project would build a new facility to house Forestry, Fleet, Street, Water and Wastewater, and Park maintenance crews and equipment for city operations. The City is in the process of acquiring land next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant off US-24. The existing facilities would be sold to be re-utilized for non-governmental, commercial use, as these locations are located along commercial corridors in the City (Fort Riley Boulevard and Anderson Avenue). These property would then go back on the tax rolls to collect property taxes.

photo of Fleet Operations building