Aggieville Community Vision

The City of Manhattan is leading an initiative to implement a community-wide vision for the future development of Aggieville as a vibrant, historic, pedestrian-orientated urban district that offers diverse shopping, dining, entertainment, and residential opportunities to students, visitors and the broader community. A year long process beginning in spring of 2016 resulted in a comprehensive and cohesive planning document with a clear direction for future development and civic improvements in the district, addressing and balancing the needs and desires of the district and the Manhattan community.

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Plan Document

View the Aggieville Community Vision plan document describing the future vision for Aggieville and projects to follow. The document is responding to the issues identified and the opportunities explored through research and community input we received through focus group meetings, outreach events, an open house, and our community survey yielding more than 4,200 responses.

The plan document was adopted by the City Commission via Ordinance no. 7280 on April 18, 2017.

3-D Model

Fly around in the 3-D model representing the future massing concepts, streetscape improvements, and redevelopment opportunities in the Aggieville Community Vision. Please note that the model is data heavy and may take several minutes to load. It may operate slowly for some users and may not work on all hardware or Web browsers. You can also watch the narrated video fly-though which describes the model and the concepts of the plan in more detail.

Current Projects and Initiatives

Below, you'll find information on current projects and initiatives relating to the implementation of the Aggieville Community Vision plan. The Olsson Associates design team has also created a web page with information related to the Streetscape & Triangle Park Design, naming it Aggieville Vision to Reality.

Phase II Zoning Amendments

Zoning determines what can be built in Aggieville; what kinds of uses, businesses, and buildings, how tall those buildings are and what they might look like. Aggieville's zoning (C-3) was last updated in Spring 2017 after the adoption of the ACV plan. Those updates (Phase I) restricted automobile-oriented uses and limited parking configuration. Phase II will enact changes related to targeted building height increases, building design, and parking requirements. See a draft of the proposed zoning regulations for Aggieville.

These changes will be voted on by the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board at their scheduled meeting on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room at City Hall. The meeting will be open to the public. 

Streetscape & Triangle Park Design

In summer 2018 we kicked off the streetscape and Triangle Park design phase of the plan. This will include public visioning sessions, design charrettes, surveys, and focus groups to close in on a design concept to improve the streets, sidewalks, landscaping, traffic circulation, and pedestrian experience in Aggieville. Concepts for a plan will be adopted by the end of 2018.CaptureVisit the project page at to track the progress.

Aggieville Hotel

In August 2018, 0.69 acres of the southwest corner of 12th and Bluemont, including part of the old City parking lot next to Starbucks, was rezoned to allow construction of a five-story hotel. 

Aggieville Hotel Rendering

The hotel will contain 127 guest rooms and a 113-stall parking garage. This will be the first major private commercial redevelopment following the adoption of the Aggieville Community Vision Plan, which envisions the Bluemont corridor as a high-density urban edge of Aggieville. This development will also provide economic support for the district by increasing the number of visitors to Aggieville and leveraging TIF revenue (see section below) for public improvements described in the plan. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.

Delta Sigma Phi Historic Designation

The Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, located at the northwest corner of 11th and Fremont, is pursuing Historic designation with the help of the Kansas Historical Society and the City of Manhattan. IMG_3157reducedThe building was constructed in 1907 as a YMCA and hosted Kansas State College’s first basketball game. It later became St. Mary’s Hospital. The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity purchased the building in 1955. Ownership has been maintained by the fraternity ever since. The building has been altered for this use over time. However, preliminary assessment from the Kansas Historical Society finds the building to be potentially eligible for the Register of Historic Kansas Places. The ACV plan specifically calls for the preservation of this building. Historic designation will help meet this goal.

Past Projects and Initiatives

Below, you'll find past completed projects and initiatives relating to the implementation of the Aggieville Community Vision plan.

Fall 2018: Changes to Parking Limits

New parking limits went into effect fall 2018.Parking Limits The changes will add parking capacity to the district area while the Aggieville Hotel parking garage is under construction.

Summer 2018: 12b Redevelopment

Photo Aug 23, 2 14 24 PMReducedIn June 2017, land on the north side of the 1100 block of Bluemont Avenue was rezoned to allow for the construction of the 37-unit apartment building, 12b. This was the first major private redevelopment project following the adoption of the Aggieville Community Vision Plan, which further enhances the Bluemont Avenue Corridor as a high-density urban edge of Aggieville and provides additional housing options in the Aggieville area. The project was completed in August 2018.

Winter 2017/2018: Parking and Infrastructure Assessment

Varneys Garage 5 StoryThe City partnered with Olsson Associates and Walker Consultants to determine future parking demand based on the redevelopment envisioned in the Aggieville Community Vision Plan, and how that demand might be met through multi-level parking garages. Capacity and potential constrains on infrastructure, including water, sewer, and storm-water due to redevelopment were also assessed. The final report provides cost estimates for various scenarios so policies for infrastructure provision, public–private partnerships, and parking management strategies may be implemented.

Fall 2017: Property Tax Analysis

The Aggieville Community Vision  is likely to require a public funding source to finance public improvements like multi-story parking garages, landscaping, and street amenities. One possible financing tool is “tax increment financing”. When a TIF district is created, the City establishes a base valuation of the district. The district continues to provide property tax revenue to the City, County, USD 383 and State at that level for the next 20 years, demonstrated in the graph below. The City then captures the increase above the base in tax revenue resulting from rising property value in the future years. This is not a new tax or additional fee, it is a result of growth and increased valuations due to development and increases in land values. TIF GraphicThe City then captures and invests that money directly back into the district in the form of public improvements. Those public improvements attract more private development and reinvestment, which in turn increases the value of property in the district that the city can again capture and invest back in the district- and the process repeats itself. This is the same mechanism the City used to finance improvements Downtown over the last 10 years.

How feasible is that for Aggieville? Looking at the current picture of citywide local property tax being generated, Aggieville and the downtown are already the most efficient property tax generators per square foot in the city (see map below). In fact, three of the top five most efficient generators in Manhattan are in Aggieville and 98 of the top 100 are either in Downtown or Aggieville. Thus reinvestment through area-based financing in these areas yields great potential for improvements.TaxPerAcre

The Aggieville Community Vision plan calls for substantial redevelopment of land currently locked up in surface parking and low-density development that could be redeveloped to substantially increase property value of the district, making Aggieville more vibrant and commercially viable.

Spring 2017: Phase I Zoning Amendments

The C-3 zoning district regulations were amended following the adoption of the ACV plan in spring 2017. These changes discourage additional highway and suburban strip-style development by prohibiting future drive-through establishments and requiring any provided parking to be placed behind buildings. See Manhattan Zoning Regulations. These changes will encourage more development in the future that emphasizes an environment centered around the pedestrian experience of Aggieville as a walkable urban center.

Fall 2016: The State of the Ville Report

The “State of the Ville” is a compilation of background information supplementing the Aggieville Community Vision Plan document. It established the conditions and trends from recent years on a range of factors shaping Aggieville. The report creates a dialogue of the issues and challenges within the district while helping to identify opportunities throughout the planning process based on analysis of observed data, informational mapping, and analyzed community input. The Aggieville Community Vision Plan responds to the findings in the State of the Ville report.

State of the Vile

Spring 2016: The Community Survey

The Aggieville Community Vision Survey was completed in May 2016. It yielded more than 4,200 responses from college students, permanent residents, business owners, military members, and K-State alumni who through the survey were able to communicate their vision for the future of Aggieville. The collected data was compiled and analyzed in the State of the Ville Report. See the full survey results.

Main themes centered around:

  • Parking capacity
  • Pedestrian improvements
  • Increased sidewalk amenities
  • Improved safety and security
  • Diversity of business
  • History and cultural activity
  • Improvements to Triangle Park
  • Redevelopment opportunities
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