623 N. Manhattan Ave.
Through the Aggieville Community Vision planning process, the community, business owners, university, students and alumni have all expressed a desire to revitalize Aggieville as a vibrant entertainment, retail, and business district that is just as energetic at 9 am as it is at midnight.
Kansas State University is pleased that the City has committed to Aggieville redevelopment with its decision to move ahead with safety and aesthetic enhancements on 12th Street and the planned construction of a parking garage. We believe this investment is in the best interest of the greater community and the university.
Because of the commitment the City has shown to the district, the KSU Foundation is exploring how it can participate in the redevelopment of Aggieville. We are in negotiations to purchase the 623 N. Manhattan Avenue building and transform it into a professional, mixed-use complex — while bringing the building’s iconic sign and historic façade back to its former glory.
This 30,000 square-foot complex will allow Rally House to expand as its anchor retail tenant on the first floor. Space on the second floor above Rally House and above the vacant restaurant space, as well as the warehouse space at the northwest corner, will be completely renovated into 16,000 square feet of modern office suites, similar in quality to the K-State Office Park on Kimball.
Office suites will share on-site amenities and will have access to the shared K-State Office Park amenities; Office Park tenants will be able to host meetings or events in the Aggieville space.
K-State-owned Triangle Park provides a unique connection between Aggieville and campus. As shared throughout the planning process, K-State is interested in working with the City and the Foundation to develop plans to transform this small park into an attractive and functional space for the community and visitors to enjoy.
This concept will immediately bolster the city’s economic development goals. Increased property tax values will boost the TIF district’s collections immediately, allowing the City to more quickly fund the rest of Aggieville’s improvements .
We’re excited to partner with the City, the Aggieville business community, and the entire K-State family on a mutual vision for a renewed Aggieville.