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Aggieville Corridor Heightens with 12b and Courtyard by Marriott

12th and Bluemont is the heart of Aggieville. It’s where Kansas State University meets the public streets of Manhattan, Coco Bolos fanatics fill up for tex-mex, and the limestone Bluemont Hotel shines daily.

Recently, the corner has been developed into more of a corridor; one that goes vertical.

 Rendering by Anderson Knight Architects

The newest apartment complex in Manhattan, called 12b, will begin moving students in within days. 12b reaches 5 stories high located on the next block East and is owned by Back Nine Development. 12b is coming on the market for $550/month and boasts a 16-camera security system, gated parking, elevator, quartz tops, and stainless appliances.

Across Bluemont Avenue, sits a previously city owned 42-stall parking lot and an empty lot owned by The R.H. Johnson Company of Kansas City, Missouri. The Johnson Company and city administrators negotiated a purchase price of $800,000 for the city’s parking lot in December 2017. The purchase is contingent upon the city issuing industrial revenue bonds and a sales tax exemption on construction materials for the hotel.

The McNeill Hotel Company of Germantown, Tennessee, plans to build a Courtyard by Marriott hotel on the the combined lots now owned by The Johnson Company. The proposed Courtyard by Marriott development displays a five-story structure including 127 guestrooms with a 113-stall parking garage on the lower two floors of the hotel.

The city’s master plan of selling the 42-stall parking lot is to use the funds to build a multi level parking garage in Aggieville on an existing flat parking lot.

As reported by The Manhattan Mercury, “city administrators estimate the tax district could generate $5 million in 20 years from the hotel’s presence alone with estimates as high as $19 million with other valuation increases throughout the district.”

Tonight, the city commission will discuss rezoning for the hotel project.

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