Salina neighborhood ready for official North Town District designation after partnering with K-State on project

Representatives of North Salina Community Development would like to make it official.

Representatives of the organization asked Salina city commissioners, at a Monday study session, to name the portion of the city north of North Street North Town District, similar to the Lee District in downtown Salina.

Greg Stephens, secretary of North Salina Community Development, presented to commissioners the results of a project his organization collaborated on with Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. K-State business and social work students surveyed residents and businesspeople about what they would like to see in the district.

“The group is always moving forward and building on successes,” Stephens said.

Jobs a priority

Residents said property maintenance and housing appearance were the No. 2 issue, Stephens said.

The No. 1 issue for residents was jobs.

The No. 1 issue for business owners was vacant lots and houses. More jobs was ranked third.

Nearly half of the property owners live out of town and there are several vacant lots, underused sites and abandoned buildings, Stephens said.

(Read more: News – Salina Journal)