To celebrate Black History Month, the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee sponsored a brown bag “Lunch and Learn” with Coach Dave Baker, Director of the Douglass Center. Coach Baker talked with employees about the past, present, and future of Manhattan and the Douglass Center, and also spoke about the importance of remembering history and of building a sense of community. The "Lunch and Learn" was held on Thursday, February 27, at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.
If you are not familiar with the Douglass Center, construction began in the 1940s on what was then the U.S.O. for African-American soldiers, a building that provided education and recreation for the soldiers as well as Manhattan’s black community. After World War II, this building was donated to the City of Manhattan and became the foundation of the Douglass Center. Over the years, it has provided a safe place for kids, adults, and seniors to go for recreation and social activity. The Center continues to be an example of what is meant by the word community, thanks in large part to our colleagues working at the Center.
The new building, which will become the Douglass Recreation Center, will break ground on March 4 and is expected to be open to the public by the end of 2020.
City Engineer Brian Johnson and Assistant City Manager Jason Hilgers take us through the major public projects for Manhattan, Kansas in 2020, and there are quite a few. Be prepared, big projects on Kimball and Fort Riley Boulevard will cause traffic delays, but the results will be improved roadways, stormwater, and utility infrastructure. Find links to maps and construction details in the Active Projects section of cityofmhk.com.
Should Manhattan sprawl outward or grow taller to accommodate new residents? Do we have the right type of housing for the people who want to live here or do we need new ideas? City administrator Jared Wasinger and Community Development Assistant Director Chad Bunger explore ideas for an upcoming Housing Market Analysis and Policy Strategy Study to help plan for the future of MHK.
City Manager Ron Fehr spoke at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Power Lunch on February 11, 2020. He discussed challenges the City faced in 2019, including severe winter weather and the threat of flooding, successes earned, and plans for the year ahead.
The public infrastructure in Aggieville is getting a facelift. Staff will present three design concepts for Bluemont and 12th Street improvements at the next City Commission meeting. In this episode, Jason and Jared discuss the concepts so you know what's on the table for Tuesday. Find images on the cityofmhk website at https://cityofmhk.com/2714/Aggieville-Community-Vision