WICHITA — Property owner and Wichita broker Jeff Greenberg confirms the state is considering leasing his 100,000-square-foot building near East 47th Street South and South Oliver, but he says the potential deal has nothing to do with a payback for supporting the governor or anyone else.
"It's not political," he says.
Since Have You Heard? reported that the state of Kansas has notified the city of Wichita that it's leaving the Finney State Office Building downtown, Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita) has raised concerns that the search for new space might be politically motivated. He says he's also worried that clients – particularly at the Department for Children and Families – won't have easy access to services if the state moves.
Greenberg wants to address both of those points.
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"The biggest thing ... is allegations of political payback," he says.
Greenberg says he's registered as a Republican but only so he can vote in primaries.
"I've never been able to pigeonhole myself," he says. "I'm not political. I'm not an activist."
Greenberg says he hasn't made a political contribution to Gov. Sam Brownback or anyone else in at least a decade or more.
He says a broker with J.P. Weigand & Sons brought him the possible deal.
"This was a natural," Greenberg says of his space.