Archive for Wednesday, December 24, 2003

City prefers downtown locale for new post office

December 24, 2003

The Basehor Post Office has been located in the city's downtown district for more than four decades, since 1963. If the Basehor City Council has its wish, it'll be there for another four.

During a special meeting Monday, Dec. 22, City Council members voted, 3-0, to recommend another downtown location be the site for a proposed new postal facility.

The city will inform U.S. Postal Service representatives of its recommendation in coming days, Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said.

With a growing population, the current post office, 2636 N. 155th St., a 1,000-square-foot facility, is no longer adequate to handle an increase in mail volume, postal service officials say.

Approximately six bids were submitted to the post office for review. Of the six, only one -- property in the Crestwood subdivision, just north of the current post office -- attracted the eye of City Council members.

"I like one, period," City Council member Keith Sifford said.

"I think it's a natural fit in my opinion," he added.

During a meeting this summer, postal service representatives told city officials the new facility should be approximately 5,075 square feet in size and located on little more than one acre.

The new post office must also be located within specified limits. Those boundaries are Hickory Street to the north, 147th Street to the east, State Avenue on the south and 158th Street on the west.

Four of the sites submitted for consideration were located along 158th Street, an area that could gradually become the epicenter of Basehor. Several residential and commercial developments are building or slated to build along 158th Street; the road is also the proposed site for a new Basehor Historical Museum and Conference Center and a new Basehor Community Library.

However, City Council members said Monday afternoon they hope the current downtown area, located along 155th Street, can be revitalized because of its centralized location.

City Council member John Bonee abstained from voting Monday afternoon.

Bonee, a local developer, owns the Crestwood property under consideration for the new post office.

Bonee said he considered other developments for the property, including an assisted living center, but thought a new post office would be a better fit for him and the city.

"My concept is that it would be a good place for it," he said.

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