Archive for Thursday, June 19, 2003

Historical society makes an offer to move City Hall

June 19, 2003

Representatives of the Basehor Historical Society made an overture Monday night to relocate City Hall inside a proposed Historical Society Museum and Conference Center.

The Museum and Conference Center is not yet built as Historical Society members continue to seek funding for the multi-million dollar facility.

The planned 38,000 square foot building will be located at the northwest corner of 158th Street.

"We decided maybe we ought to talk to the city if you're interested in moving City Hall to that area," said Wes Neu, Historical Society chairman of the board of directors.

The city's comprehensive plan indicates offices such as City Hall and the Post Office should move to 158th Street in the future, where, because of growth in that area, the city's downtown will shift.

City officials, although in favor of the project itself, were hesitant to voice their feelings on moving City Hall inside the Museum and Conference Center.

City Council members made no decision Monday night but agreed to discuss the issue further.

The Museum and Conference Center will make most of its revenue from renting space and hosting conferences and lectures, Historical Society members said.

Funding for the project started out well but has since slowed Neu said.

However, Historical Society members reiterated their goal of proceeding with the project.

"This area will grow," Neu said. "If we don't (build it) someone else will."

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