Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Cabinet shop demolition nears council approval

October 31, 2001

The Basehor City Council is close to finalizing an agreement that would ensure the demolition of a downtown building.

In addition to various other issues, on Monday, Nov. 5, the City Council will discuss the fate of the building that previously housed the Cabinet Shop of Basehor.

The building was destroyed by a fire in May and has stood untouched, causing many Basehor residents and city officials to label it an eyesore.

Basehor Mayor Bill Hooker said the building is also a safety hazard.

"It could be a safety hazard and we don't want kids playing in there and getting hurt," he said.

While the building remains somewhat structurally sound, engineers hired by the city have informed officials that weather such as windstorms or a tornado could knock the building down.

Although an agreement for the building's demolition seems likely, the city could end up paying for part of cost due to the Cabinet Shop being underinsured, council members said.

Hooker said the agreement between the city, Cabinet Shop owner Ken Lindsley and the demolition company, Miles Excavating, is likely to gain council approval.

"Our concern is that the city would have to eventually recuperate any money we have to spend," Hooker said.

The demolition costs could be as much as $40,000.

The agreement between the three parties calls for the Cabinet Shop's insurance to pay $10,000, the business owner to pay $10,000 and the city to pick up the rest of the tab.

Any money the city pays for the demolition would be reimbursed when the property of the building is sold.

"We are trying to make sure we get our money back," Hooker said.

Council members are also expected to put the final stamp of approval on a proposed neighborhood revitalization program.

The revitalization program is designed to give residents who make improvements to their homes a tax abatement.

Hooker said city officials were eager to implement the program.

"I am very excited about it in respect, there is no way the city can lose," Hooker said. "I hope people take advantage of it."

Road improvements will also be on the minds of council members during the work session.

Up for discussion during the work session are possible road improvements to 158th Street.

The improvements are to be from Kansas Highway 24/40 to Parallel Road. City officials said the improvements would entail chip and seal until the funds can be obtained to make further improvements such as curb and gutter, and an asphalt overlay.

"Having chip and seal now will save us money when we go to do that," Hooker said.

City officials said the improvements would benefit future commercial and residential development along the road.

The cost for the improvements could cost approximately $168,000.

City officials said a benefit district, the city and some possible county funds will pay for the improvements. . Excavating, is likely to gain council approval.

"Our concern is that the city would have to eventually recuperate any money we have to spend," Hooker said.

The demolition costs could be as much as $40,000.

The agreement between the three parties calls for the Cabinet Shop's insurance to pay $10,000, the business owner to pay $10,000 and the city to pick up the rest of the tab.

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