Archive for Thursday, July 10, 2003

Basehor, developer to discuss outlet mall

Basehor City Council to consider potential of new development during work session

July 10, 2003

A development company is considering Basehor as a location to build a factory outlet mall, city officials said this week.

Basehor city officials and representatives of Factory Outlet Consultants L.L.C., a Virginia-based development company, have yet to discuss any potential development plans and city officials said any talks of the development coming to the city are preliminary in nature.

Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said a conference call would take place within the next week between himself, developers and Leavenworth Area Development officials to discuss the potential for a factory outlet mall in Basehor.

During its work session Monday, July 14, the Basehor City Council will discuss whether it favors adding the development to the city's list of businesses and if the development is worth exploring.

Factory Outlets L.L.C. sent out a questionnaire to area municipalities searching for certain criteria for developing an outlet mall.

Leavenworth Area Development passed the survey along to the Basehor Chamber of Commerce. A response found Basehor as an area matching the characteristics the company seeks, including access to an interstate highway and a location in close proximity to major tourist attractions.

Contacted by The Sentinel, an official from Factory Outlets Consultants L.L.C. had no comment on the proposal, would not elaborate on the type of developments the company builds and would not confirm the company is considering Basehor as a location for a development.

Scherer said he would be interested in the development coming to the city, under the right circumstances.

"As mayor I would love to have the potential of a mall in Basehor, depending on the location," Scherer said.

The factory outlet won't be the only item of discussion for City Council members Monday night.

Also on tap is a presentation by Russ Rainey, a real estate specialist and project manager with the Denver facilities service office of the U.S. Postal Service. Rainey is expected to broach the idea of moving the city's current post office facility from its downtown location.

The 1,000-square-foot post office has been located in the same building since 1963. With a growing population, the post office location is too small to handle the increase in mail volume, postmaster Jo Rundus said.

"The facility is just way too small," Rundus said. "It's just space-deficient for the needs Basehor has."

The post office is seeking a larger facility, approximately 5,000 square feet, Scherer said.

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