State Finance Council approves sale of historic Woman’s Club building, buyers plan to turn space into event venue named ‘The Beacon’ – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

India Yarborough @iayarbor Wednesday Oct 7, 2020 at 3:12 PM The State Finance Council on Wednesday approved the sale of the historic Woman’s Club of Topeka building, at 420 S.W. 9th St. That approval comes about a month after the building, which was previously owned by the Kansas Insurance Department, was […]

The State Finance Council on Wednesday approved the sale of the historic Woman’s Club of Topeka building, at 420 S.W. 9th St.

That approval comes about a month after the building, which was previously owned by the Kansas Insurance Department, was auctioned off. Approval of the sale opens the door for a group of Topekans to begin renovations shortly to transform the building into a downtown event venue.

The buyers — Courtney Stemler, Shelby Brokaw, Chris Stemler and Nic Irick — plan to restore the building and use it for weddings, meetings, social events and celebrations.

According to a news release from Brokaw, they plan to name the event venue “The Beacon.”

“The Beacon will be a space where people can celebrate those bright, shining moments in life,” Brokaw said.

She and her business partners expect to close on the sale in the next 30 days. And on Nov. 16, they plan to allow community members to sign up for regular updates regarding the progress of renovations.

“We expect historic approvals, architectural designs and renovations to take a few months,” Stemler said. “We’re excited to release renderings and updates as we progress and eventually welcome Topeka into this new space.”

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