Project Description

Neighborhood Revitalization Program

The Neighborhood Revitalization Program is an economic tool designed to incentivize Baldwin City property owners to invest and improve their properties

What is the Neighborhood Revitalization Program?

In 2017, The City of Baldwin City adopted Ordinance 1365 to establish a Neighborhood Revitalization Program (“Program”) in accordance with the State of Kansas Neighborhood Revitalization Act (“Act”) K.S.A. 12-17, 114 et seq.

The Act is an economic tool designed to incentivize Baldwin City property owners to invest and improve their properties. The Act authorizes a jurisdiction to offer tax rebates to eligible property owners. The purpose of the Act is to improve the building inventory of a community by promoting new construction and renovation of existing buildings.

The public health, safety, and general welfare is improved by rehabilitating existing buildings and constructing new buildings resulting in an improved sense of community and quality-of-life for the residents of Baldwin City.

How does it work and why should I be interested?

Simply put, it can ease your property taxes on major building improvements appraised over a 10% increase in valuation.

There are several rebate schedules offered, including projects addressing affordable and historic housing, but most will be eligible for building improvements in excess of 10%.

For new construction, all the building improvements will be eligible for property tax rebates, while building renovation/remodel projects will be eligible for the new improvement only and not the existing building prior to construction. Land valuation is excluded from this Program – only building improvements are eligible.

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EDC Mission Statement

The purpose of this non-profit organization is to promote commercial and residential stability and growth in our community. Our community is defined as the Baldwin City School District. Promotional areas of interest will be anything that falls into the following categories:

  • Creates employment in Baldwin City KS

  • Increases the tax base and/or valuations in Baldwin City KS

  • Increases tourism in Baldwin City KS

  • Improves the quality of life in Baldwin City KS

  • Assists start up businesses in getting established

  • Assists existing businesses with expansions or improvements

The Baldwin City Economic Development Corp. will pool money, expertise, time and resources to have a unified effort to promote economic development for our community. Communication lines will be set up and utilized between the Baldwin City Economic Development Corp., City of Baldwin City, Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, Baldwin City School District, Baker University and the Lawrence and Ottawa Chambers of Commerce to provide networking opportunities that will be beneficial for our community