Large crane installing air-conditioning units atop Topeka high-rise

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – It wasn’t a chicken, it was not an plane and – no – it was not Superman with people today searching up at the sky in downtown Topeka on Wednesday early morning.

As a substitute, it was a big crane that hoisted the entire peak of the 17-story Townsite Tower at 534 S. Kansas Ave.

The crews ended up planning to lift substantial air conditioners to the prime of the significant-increase business office creating.

They reported they were hoping to have the models on prime of the building on Wednesday so they could start off taking away the crane.

Northbound traffic was blocked on the 500 block of S. Kansas Avenue when the crane and other vehicles entered all those lanes.

The crane was parked north of 6th Avenue on S. Kansas Avenue.

Southbound site visitors was allowed by way of the 500 block of S. Kansas Ave.

Visitors slowed somewhat, having said that, as the Kansas Fuel Assistance crews worked in the south lane of S. Kansas Avenue around SW 5th Street at the north conclude of the block.

The Townsite Tower building was procured in July 2020 by Ken Schmanke, President and Main Govt Officer of K1 Realty LLC.

At the time, Schmanke explained he desired to make some constructive changes to the assets.

In its historical past, the developing has housed the Very first National Bank of Topeka. It later housed Lender IV and Bank of America.

It was also residence to the Prime of the Tower restaurant.

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