Almost forgotten amongst the hills of Greenwood County Kansas, there is a place that we call home. A small hamlet with a population of about 2500. We are part of a larger region known as the Flint Hills. The locals just refer to it as the Tall Grass Prairie.
The Eureka project is a culmination of several years of engagement at a community level, with the small-town studio at Kansas State University, College of Architecture, Design and Planning. Our first project is an abandoned building with a catastrophic structural failure on the back quarter of the building. This constitutes a leap of faith to be sure, but it is starting to look like shear defiance of existing conditions that are far to prevalent here in Eureka.
The Eureka Project llc. A company dedicated to helping provide a stronger and more resilient future for the community of Eureka KS. We are a for-profit Community Development Company.
We will be a resource for investment. This will include a select group of strategic partners. Our purpose is to reinvigorate and enhance the communities social and economic state through improvements to the built environment. We are about creating enterprises that create jobs with dignity, opportunity, and a sense of purpose.
Every project starts with a brief. A simple statement of intent and a clarity of purpose. 200 N main is a highly unlikely project within the context of Eureka. The building has not been in use for decades and has a catastrophic structural failure on the rear of the building. 200 N main is a metaphor for the general condition of Eureka Kansas. The location is in the center of the Main Street district, and it is indicative of the condition of numerous buildings within that central core. Saving the building and making it useful and productive again will require a substantial investment and the assumption that Eureka can reinvent itself and compete with other towns within the region.
The opportunity here is the ability to create and activate the building in a matter that allows for additional opportunities to move the 200-block district into a business hub.
CONNECT | COLLABORATE | CREATE
The mission of the center is to inspire, encourage, and provide resources for citizens to realize their vision while making the community stronger through economic revitalization.
FOCUSES ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Focusing on community resources. Local businesses that start in their community are less likely to leave the community.
INVEST IN CITIZENS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
A business incubator does not solve economic development problems by imposing ideas onto citizens, it invests in the ideas, passions, and creativity of citizens within the community. Their vision becomes reality and economic development grows.
IMPROVES TOWN APPEARANCE AND ENVIRONMENT
As businesses mature, they begin to occupy vacant spaces throughout the town, bring activity and energy to the city.
LONG TERM SOLUTION
As small businesses mature and move on from the incubator, space becomes available for new start-ups to begin.
Erin Pilcher – Small Town Studio 2018