Archive for Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Rising from the ashes

February 27, 2002

It appears a Basehor building may rise from the ashes left by a fire that destroyed it nine months ago.

During the Basehor City Council meeting Feb. 20, city officials listened to a presentation by Dan Foy concerning the revitalization of the building that formerly housed the Cabinet Shop of Basehor.

On Monday night, Foy said he planned to renovate the building, partially for storage for his business, Construction Services.

The rest would be used for retail space, he said.

For the project to receive approval, city officials would have to grant Foy a variance on the number of parking spaces required for the building.

Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator, said the city's current zoning ordinances would require the building to have 15 parking stalls.

That figure includes a loading dock stall for the building's entrance and a handicap-parking stall, which is required under city codes, Hooper said.

Without the city approving the variances Foy said it would be impossible for him to rebuild.

"It's pretty much dead in the water without the variances," he said.

After the presentation, the City Council agreed to delay demolition of the building so it could further negotiations with Foy and the current owners of the building.

The building's owners and Basehor city officials had previously made an agreement with Miles Excavating to tear down the building.

Under the agreement, the owners would pay for part of the demolition and the city would pay the remaining amount.

When the property is sold, the city would be reimbursed its portion of the expenses.

If the property is sold to Foy, the city would save approximately $10,000, Hooper said.

"If it's sold, the city wouldn't lose any money," he said.

The demolition of the building will be delayed until after the Basehor City Council meeting in April when council members will decide if they wish to pursue Foy's plan.

Should the plan move forward, Hooper said the issue would go to the Basehor Board of Zoning Appeals, which will decide whether to grant the variance.

Hooper said he expected the board to hear the variance request within the next several months.

City officials appeared encouraged by the possibility of revitalizing the nearly century-old building.

"I think we should work with the owners and the possible future owners, and make a feasible attempt to make the property work," said Joe Scherer, Basehor City Council president.

"I think they are solving a problem," Council member Burl Gratny said. "I think we ought to work with them and get that going."

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