Archive for Wednesday, April 17, 2002

City officials want to renovate Cabinet Shop building

April 17, 2002

It's clear some city officials want the building that formerly housed the Cabinet Shop of Basehor renovated for occupation.

Two weeks ago, the Board of Zoning Appeals denied a parking variance that would allow a local business to renovate the old Cabinet Shop building that was damaged by fire in May.

However, city officials agreed Monday night to return the Cabinet Shop issue to the Basehor Planning Commission.

"Make it work as best as you can and return it to the City Council for approval," Basehor City Council president Joe Scherer told city staff.

Council members agreed they would explore possible options in the next 60 days that would solve the Cabinet Shop issue.

Earlier this month, the Board of Zoning Appeals denied a variance request from Cabinet Shop owner Donald Dyster.

Dyster wants to sell the property, 2812 N. 155th St. to local businessman Dan Foy, who would use the building to house his business, Construction Services.

The Zoning Board denied the request because the renovated building would not have had enough required parking spaces.

According to city codes, one parking space per 1,000 square feet is required for new construction.

The Cabinet Shop needed 15 spaces but the variance request was to allow eight spaces.

Dyster said he is negotiating a lease agreement with the owners of a vacant lot across the street, which would be used for a parking lot.

Leasing the parking lot would give Dyster the required number of parking spaces and therefore, he would not need the variance, city officials said.

"I think we need to figure out a way to work this thing out," Dyster said.

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