Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Council’s support letter backs seniors complex

May 28, 2003

After changing language in a previous draft, the Basehor City Council OK'd a letter of support for a senior housing apartment complex in the Falcon Lakes development.

Falcon Lakes is a residential development on Kansas Highway 7, north of Basehor. It sits on approximately 500 acres, features an 18-hole golf course and will include 550 homes--and a 48-unit, low-income, senior housing complex.

The $4.5 million complex will include residents ages 55 and older and will range in rent from $450 to $525. The complex will sit on four acres.

The City Council approved, 3-2, a letter supporting the housing development during a meeting Tuesday, May 27. Council members Bill Hooker and Iris Dysart voted against the support letter.

Falcon Lakes developer Rustom Ferzandi and development representatives broached the idea of the apartment complex to the City Council earlier this month. A decision was delayed so language could be reworded in the letter.

Dysart said she would not support the project because it would hinder other aspects of the Falcon Lakes development.

"I feel (low income housing) will be a detriment to the development residents living there," she said.

She also questioned whether the word support needed to be part of the letter.

City attorney John Thompson said the support letter is not a blanket approval for the project and would not circumvent the planning process.

"We have really narrowed down the word support," Thompson said. "We've narrowed it down by saying there will be no special circumstances made."

The Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing requires the support letter before the project moves forward. Language from the previous draft was taken from a standard state support letter, developers said.

"The word support is just something Falcon Lakes needs to move forward," Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said.

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