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Kanza Co-Op Renovations Begin

Posted 1/11/2018

By Pilar MartinCONSTRUCTION workers are drilling pilings for the new grain storage bins.CONSTRUCTION workers are drilling pilings for the new grain storage bins.

SEDGWICK – Work has started on renovations at the Kanza Co-op property. Plans have changed since the project was given the go-ahead by Sedgwick’s City Council in April of 2017.

The journey has not been without hiccups.

Kanza Cooperative, based in Iuka, first approached the Sedgwick Planning and Zoning boards to approve expansion on their property on Fourth Street, between Washington and Jackson.

Kanza first applied for a zoning change to change the existing zoning to heavy industrial.

That effort stalled and it took several months before it was discovered Kanza did not need the planning committee’s approval to move forward with the project.

City council finally approved the project in April of 2017, too late for Kanza to begin construction because of harvest. The project has been on hold since that time.

The revised plans have the new four concrete storage bins being erected on the east side of the property. Originally the new structures were going up on the west side of the property close to Washington Street.

Construction crews tore down an old fertilizer building and have done some dirt work.

Now they are digging pilings that will hold the new concrete bins in place.

Gary Head, Location Manager at Sedgwick, said he has not heard a definite completion date but construction will go on from now through the summer. The new bins will be ready for the 2018 fall harvest.

The $6 million dollar project is expected to bring around $75,000 in new tax revenue to the city.