Archive for Thursday, August 21, 2003

Highway progress key for city

August 21, 2003

As a vital thoroughfare and an essential ingredient to the city's long-term plans, the State Avenue corridor offers the city of Basehor has more than just a passing interest.

During a work session Monday, Aug. 18, the Basehor City Council discussed the area along State Avenue that it hopes to annex in the future. City long-range plans indicate that Basehor will annex as far east as 142nd Street, the Wyandotte County line, and west to 174th Street.

Bringing as much of the highway -- where several commercial and residential developments are being planned -- under Basehor jurisdiction is paramount for the city's economic future, city officials said.

"We're going to see a lot of development in the next few years," Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said. "It's just going to grow more rapidly. It was starting to grow even before the Village West, the race track just helped kick start this."

Village West is a 400 acre entertainment district on State Avenue in western Wyandotte County; it houses the Kansas Speedway, Cabela's, The Great Wolf Lodge and Nebraska Furniture Mart, all top tourists attractions in the state.

City officials are hoping developments in Basehor along State Avenue, the pathway to Village West, will stimulate tax revenue in the future.

Developments in Basehor along State Avenue include:

  • The Tucker property, approximately 80 acres at the southwest corner of 166th Street and State Avenue, will include commercial property fronting the highway and single- and multi- family residential homes.
  • The Lacy property, approximately 200 acres at the southeast corner of 166th Street and State Avenue, will feature commercial property fronting the highway and single-family homes.
  • Pinehurst, approximately 100 acres south of State Avenue, across from the Basehor Town Square, will entail commercial property fronting the highway and multi- and single- family homes.
  • Basehor Plaza, approximately 40 acres at the northeast corner of State Avenue and 155th Street, will include commercial property along the highway and multi- family homes.¢ Wolf Creek Industrial Park, approximately 90 acres at 147th Street and State Avenue, will include commercial property fronting the highway and light industrial businesses toward the south of the development.
  • Prairie Lakes, approximately 80 acres at 150th Street and State Avenue, will entail commercial property fronting the highway and single-family residential homes.

Currently, about a mile and a half of State Avenue is under Basehor jurisdiction; when the city's long-term annexation plans along the highway are completed, roughly three to four miles of highway will be called Basehor.

Bill Schulte, Leavenworth Area Development director, said developers are keying on western Wyandotte County and beyond, attempting to capitalize on the close proximity of the Village West and the tourism dollars it generates.

"I think (Village West) gave a lot of focus to western Wyandotte County and developers are looking beyond that now," Schulte said.

The development of State Avenue in Basehor is a key for the city and its residents because it adds a substantial tax base "so the burden isn't entirely on the residents," Schulte said.

"If you get homes paying the full tab, it can become pretty inequitable sometimes," Schulte added. "The businesses along State Avenue can help ease that burden."

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