Deputy City Adminstrator
10100 W Grady Ave.P.O. Box 245
Maize, KS 67101
The primary focus of the economic development department
is to market the City of Maize to potential businesses in the area. Not only
is the goal to attract more businesses but to assist existing businesses
when possible to expand. The department helps new businesses coming to Maize
find sites and to expedite the construction project for them.
Growth is imminent to any small town and the City of Maize is no
exception. Maize is a unique, progressive city enjoying metropolitan status
in a rural surrounding. We are a civic-minded community with numerous
citizens who volunteer their time for an array of activities. Our city
officials and city staff continue to strengthen the value of teamwork and
civic loyalty, as we provide essential services ensuring all citizens a
secure environment in which to live, work and play. Excellent schools, low
crime rate and easy access to the entire metro area makes Maize a unique
place to live. Maize, "Where Community Counts."
In Nashville TN, December 2003 the City of Maize was named
one of the seven national Crown Community Award Winner for 2003
The City of Maize has an ideal location outside of 2 major
cities, Wichita, a city of over 300,000 to the South and Hutchinson, a city
of over 40,000 to the North, all within a short drive. Being so conveniently
located enables Maize citizens to take advantage of the wide range of
employment opportunities available in these cities.
Maize has seen significant growth in their population
since the completion of the 2000 Census. The City of Maize was established
in 1886, now has an estimated population of 4,438. In addition, The Maize
School district has approximately 6,200 students and 720 staff commuting to
Maize each day for education and activities while the "West Campus" of
Wichita State University, located north of 37th on Maize Road brings in
about 4,000 students and teachers during the regular school year.
The town boasts having some of the finest schools and
teachers in the state. In partnership with our community is "Maize USD 266,
which is noted for being progressive and innovative, while at the same time
providing a personal, caring atmosphere. The schools stand at the heart of
community life in Maize. This suburban school district, which houses more
than 6,200 students in eight buildings, is the 12th largest school district
in the state." The Maize school system, which serves a large geographic area
that once was farmland, now boasts of two high schools, a middle school, and
four elementary schools.
With the improvements to K-96, the city has become more
easily accessible and visible to the populations of the Wichita and
Hutchinson metropolitan area. Increased development pressures from
Wichita have caused the City of Maize to examine its future development
patters. Currently the city has identified areas along K-96 and
bisecting corridors for commercial and industrial development.
However, recently the city has targeted its original downtown district for
commercial development. It has also identified an existing industrial
area in the northwest quadrant of town for future industrial expansion.
It is projected that, based on the anticipated population
growth, Maize should expect between 230,000 to 250,000 square feet of
commercial development timeframe. Similarly, based on the anticipated
population growth, 80,000 to 90,000 square feet of industrial development
should be planned for Maize. The current land use plan for maize
provides sufficient land area to accommodate anticipated future commercial
and industrial development
A commitment to the commercial redevelopment of downtown
Maize would cause the majority of future commercial development to take
place away from K-96. However, commercial activity is beginning to
take place at the interchange of K-96 and 53rd Street/Maize Road that is
regional in nature and will provide significant catalyst for large-scale
commercial development at this interchange.
The presence of big-box service oriented retail along 21st
Street in Wichita provides a significant market catchment area to include
Maize. It appears to be the case that a large portion of the commercial that
will be developed in Maize at its major K-96 interchanges will be regional
in nature and draw from a wider area than just the city of Maize. It
is still expected that there will be a need for a certain amount of small
serviced oriented commercial that is suitable for a highway location
The location of industrial development within the City of
Maize is targeted for the northwest section of the city, generally north of
West 53rd Street and west of the railroad tracks, on each side of North
119th Street. The area provides sufficient land to accommodate the
80,000 to 90,000 square feet of anticipated industrial development.
The proposed location currently is home to the Coleman Plant, and city
services, including water, sewer and electricity are on sit serving the
existing development. As development moves north towards K-96 an
extension of services will be required.
The presence of utilities in the area proposed for
development reduces the cost associated with future development. The
fact that utilities are in place should be perceived by and marketed as a
benefit for potential developers and end users. The primary factor that
drives the cost of any utility extension is the presence of rock.
Generally, utility extension should not incur many difficulties given the
soil types in the area; however, those unforeseen circumstances are what
make costs rise.
Sufficiently land exists south of
accommodate the anticipated future industrial development. Currently,
the Maize future land use plan calls for industrial development south and
north of K-96 Highway. It is the policy of the City of Maize that
development of land south of K-96 should be exhausted prior to moving north
of K-96. To promote the efficient extension of infrastructure, this
development should occur in a contiguous manner. Continuous
development will provide the City of Maize with a more cost efficient patter
of development. Development north of K-96 should be reserved for
industrial development greater than that anticipated in this plan.
Call Maize City Hall for additional information 316-722-7561.
Through the integration of its population into every aspect of quality education, civic improvements, community appearance, commerce and recreation, Maize shall preserve its small town atmosphere and become the best small city in Kansas.
"Where Community Counts"
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