Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Business looks to move while development awaits city approval

July 11, 2001

Until the city and a commercial developer can work out their differences, Basehor will have one less business in town.

For now, Gail and John Innis, owners of the All About Dreams Gymnastics Studio, will move to another location in an attempt to open their business, which had been located at Highview Industrial Park on 150th Street.

The business has been caught in the middle of a dispute between Highview developer Dave Scott, Basehor City officials and Consolidated Rural Water District No. 1.

The dispute centers around the proper submission of street plans as well as gaining water access to the building.

The most recent action regarding the development came last week after an injunction was filed on behalf of Scott against Consolidated Rural Water District No. 1. The injunction was filed so the Innis's business as well as others in the development could receive temporary water service.

A Leavenworth County District Court judge dismissed the injunction Monday, July 2.

The Innises are actively pursuing other locations that could meet the necessary 10,000 square feet their gymnastics studio would require.

One location, at 126th and Parrallel, was the ideal sight for the couple to open its business on a temporary basis. However, the couple has recently learned it will not be able to use the building.

"We were supposed to move their yesterday, but they informed me that someone else would be using it," Gail said. "We have attempted other locations that we would like to use on a short-term basis."

Gail said she is looking at buildings in Bonner Springs as well as Wyandotte County that would be big enough to house the gymnastics studio. Finding a building for the gym is the most important thing for her family and her students, Gail said.

"These kids have to get ready," Gail said. "We have to get kids ready to compete in October."

Regional and state gymnastics competitions start in the fall.

Gail said her daughter, who is an accomplished gymnast, hasn't been able to get the practice time she needs for competition.

"My daughter should be practicing 20 hours a week and she's not getting that right now," Gail said.

For now, the couple has no building and nowhere to open their gym.

"We'll just have to see where the chips fall and where we can end up," Gail said.

The Highview Industrial Park was scheduled for consideration at a Basehor City Council work session on July 9.

The agreement to place Highview on the agenda was dependent on whether Scott had made improvements to the development before the work session.

The former and current city engineer recommended more than 40 improvements be completed before the City Council would approve the development.

Neither Scott nor his attorney Eldon Shields was present at the City Council work session.

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