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Historic Atchison, Kansas Downtown/Riverfront Development Project. Atchison – est. 1854. Missouri River town 10,232 city population 30 minutes from KCI Airport 20 minutes north of Leavenworth 40 minutes north of Kansas Speedway. How It All Began.

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Historic

Atchison, Kansas

Downtown/Riverfront Development Project

atchison est 1854
Atchison – est. 1854
  • Missouri River town
  • 10,232 city population
  • 30 minutes from KCI Airport
  • 20 minutes north of Leavenworth
  • 40 minutes north of Kansas Speedway
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How It All Began
  • 1996 -Atchison community completed a comprehensive strategic plan
    • Identified the downtown/riverfront area as the #1 priority for development.
    • The area has the greatest concentration of historically, architecturally and culturally significant structures and sites and is the focus of efforts to improve Atchison’s image.
chamber initiative
Chamber Initiative
  • Formed a Downtown/Riverfront Development Council
  • Received a planning grant
  • Hired an architect/planner
  • Held many public meetings-veterans, Yacht Club, downtown property owners
  • Developed a Downtown/Riverfront Development Master Plan
  • Applied for Community Development Grant
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Downtown/Riverfront Development Plan
  • Primary goals of the master plan
    • Extend the retail district to the riverfront
    • Enhance the role of commercial activity
    • Treat the entire area as one unified district
    • Utilize existing historic buildings in the overall redevelopment plan
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Commercial Street Corridor Project (Downtown)

Comprehensive Development Grant

  • Injected over $1.5 million in downtown streetscape
  • Implemented facade improvement program
  • Purchased a dilapidated historic structure
  • Purchased key abandoned commercial property
  • Attracted an 80-employee manufacturer
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Riverfront Development Task Force

Block north of Amelia Earhart Bridge

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Riverfront Development Task Force
  • Accomplished donation of railroad property (2001)
  • Approved site plan and secured design funding (2002)
  • Initiated construction (2003)
  • Conducted fundraising efforts (2002-2004)
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Project Elements
  • Walking/biking path along river
  • Green space and parking area adjacent to walking/biking path
  • Landscaping, trees, etc.
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Dedicated June 19, 2004

2004 Summer Events

June 12-20, 2004

July 23-24, 2004

July 3-4, 2004

huge economic impact
Huge Economic Impact
  • Sesquicentennial

– 5,000 people

  • Amelia Earhart Festival

– 50-60,000

  • Lewis & Clark Bicentennial

– 85-100,000

  • All within a six week period
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What’s Next for Riverfront?
  • Designate areas to develop
  • Work with existing and new businesses
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Secrets of Our Success
  • Public involvement
  • Good visual aids
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Lots of Humor
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Thank You

For additional information please contact:

Glenda Purkis Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce 913.367.2427 or [email protected]

Photography provided by the Atchison Daily Globe and the City of Atchison and, presentation prepared by Steve Wilson, Jr.

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