Archive for Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Improving the neighborhood

Basehor planning commission approves site plan for improving apartment complex

April 2, 2003

The Basehor Planning Commission approved a site plan Tuesday, April 1, for revitalizing the Heritage Apartments, 2312 N. 155th St., formerly known as the Kingsmen Apartments.

The site plan includes improving the existing building, a 12-unit apartment complex, while expanding the facility an additional 12 units to the 1.97-acre site.

The site plan includes adding a clubhouse to the complex, which would contain space for washers and dryers, an office and maintenance equipment.

Renovation and expansion could begin by June, and would not displace any of the apartment complex tenants, the developer said.

Planning Commission members said the improvements would be a tremendous upgrade to the existing building.

"It would make it look a lot better than it does now," Planning Commission member Steve Cole said.

"I think it's a good-looking plan and obviously a benefit," added Ron Owen, Planning Commission chairman.

Heritage Apartments developers said the expansion would seek to create a sense of neighborhood throughout the complex.

However, at odds for the development is whether to allow a variance for density at the apartments, which would permit the developer to build 28 units.

City codes allow only 12 units per acre.

Planning Commission members approved the site plan Tuesday night for 24 units total.

The developer must go before the Basehor Board of Zoning Appeals, which consists of Planning Commission members who are Basehor residents, for final approval on the density request.

There has been no timetable set for the zoning appeals hearing.

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