Archive for Thursday, July 17, 2003

Developer buys Commercial Group property

July 17, 2003

Although an exact land use has not been determined, Basehor developer John Bonee vows to build an appealing, community-friendly development on a four-acre tract of ground at 155th Street and Crestwood Drive.

In June, Bonee, the developer of the Pebblebrooke Adult Living community, and Parkway Place business park, two highly regarded Basehor developments, reached a deal to purchase the ground from Commercial Group of Topeka.

As part of the land sale, Commercial Group agreed to drop a civil lawsuit naming the city of Basehor as defendant, and any future litigation concerning the property.

Basehor city attorney John Thompson said the lawsuit has not yet been dropped in Leavenworth County District Court but, the city's legal counsel anticipates that happening soon.

The Commercial Group lawsuit stems from a previous decision by the Basehor City Council not to approve a proposed senior housing development on the ground. Nearby residents voiced opposition to Commercial Group's proposal, citing the development would adversely affect their lives and property values.

In an interview Monday night, Bonee said his future development would not entail government subsidized or low-income housing, two of the chief criticisms leveled at the Commercial Group proposal.

"I have no desire to take the taxpayers money and put it in the sticky fingers of the government," Bonee said.

The long-time Basehor resident and first-year City Council member also said he hopes to meet with those residents opposed to the Commercial Group development.

"We hope to meet with them and get their ideas on what they would like to see there," Bonee said.

Although the land use has not been determined, Bonee eliminated the possibility of extending Pebblebrooke to the Crestwood property. Plans are already in place to expand Pebblebrooke to the north, the developer said.

One possibility under consideration is a high-end, senior assisted living center, Bonee added.

Whatever route the development takes, Bonee pledged one thing for the future use of the ground.

"It will be something the whole city of Basehor can be proud of," he said.

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