The Greater Topeka Partnership, which includes Downtown Topeka, Inc. and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, are in support of renovating of the Docking Building, the state said at a committee hearing Wednesday.
DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Secretary of Administration, said she has been in talks with local business leaders, who are now in full support for the renovation.
Curtis Sneden, president of the Chamber of Commerce, confirmed such.
“We are supportive of a plan that will return the Docking State Office Building to its proper place as an important facet of downtown,” he said.
The Docking State Office Building, a 62-year-old 12-story high-rise adjacent to the Capitol, had long been neglected and plagued with issues. Former Gov. Sam Brownback had pushed to tear down the building, which was ultimately rejected.
Now, the next state legislature will be considering four proposed options in renovating the building. The one path the state administration