Archive for Thursday, May 8, 2003

Board grants variance

May 8, 2003

An existing Basehor apartment complex will undergo a facelift in coming weeks when builders more than double its capacity by making renovations and additions.

The Heritage Apartments, 2312 N. 155th Street, formerly known as the Kingmen Apartments, has submitted plans to the city which include improving the existing structure, a 12-unit complex. The plan also includes expanding the complex with two additional buildings housing another 16 units.

Developer Dan Riedman also plans to add a clubhouse to the complex, which would contain space for washers and dryers, an office and maintenance equipment.

Basehor city codes allow the apartment complex, which sits on a 1.97-acre site, 12 units per acre.

On Tuesday, May 6, the Basehor Board of Zoning Appeals granted Riedman a variance to allow the extra units.

The board approved the variance with a condition that improvements to the existing building be finished before or at the same time new buildings are completed.

The new buildings will conceal the existing structure when completed, developers said.

The additions will be a vast improvement to the facility and be consistent with the overall architecture of the area, engineers added.

However, zoning appeals board member Steve Cole said the renovations offer a chance to improve an area, which some residents have deemed unsightly.

"I really see a unique opportunity to clean the property up," Cole said.

The renovations could begin as quickly as June 1, city officials said.

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