Two companies donate $5M to build Topeka's downtown plaza

Construction is expected to begin next year

July 16, 2018 - 7:01 pm

 A banking and utility business are donating $2.5 million each toward the construction of a downtown Topeka plaza that will include a large digital screen and performance stage.

The donations are coming from Capitol Federal and Evergy, which was formed by the merger of Westar Energy and KCP&L.

The combined $5 million gift will make up more than half of the funds needed to build the plaza. Downtown Topeka Inc. CEO and President Vince Frye says the plaza is expected to cost between $8 million and $9 million.

Besides the stage, the plaza also will feature a splash pad that can be used as an ice rink during winter months. Construction is expected to begin next year, with the plaza expected to open in March 2020.

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