Stagnant ground approved for apartment complex
Basehor developer John Bonee wants to proceed with a drastic overhaul to property at 2826 N. 155th St., land formerly home to the Basehor Methodist Church.
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Basehor Planning Commission gave him the OK to begin. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the developer's rezoning request, 6-0, from single-family residential to multi-family residential.
"We've got a piece of property where, if something isn't done, it's just going to waste away," Planning Commission chairman Ron Owen said. "It's just going to deteriorate and deteriorate and deteriorate."
Approximately five years ago, the church's sanctuary, a historical landmark, was destroyed by fire. The building housing church offices and an education center remains, city officials said.
The church has since moved into a new location on County Road 2.
Church officials were denied a rezoning request to multi-family last year because they intended to sell the property to the highest bidder, city officials said.
It's the remaining structure Bonee intends to renovate into seven upscale apartments. The building sits on approximately nine-tenths of an acre and encompasses 5,600 square feet.
Several nearby residents opposed the building's rezoning to multi-family housing.
"We don't need multi-family," resident Steve Ware said.
"I don't think it's necessary; we've turned (a rezoning request) before," added Steve Abercrombie.
Bonee, the developer of the Pebblebrooke Retirement Community and Parkway Place Business Park, told Planning Commission members and residents opposed to the rezoning request that he is committed to making the renovated building a benefit to the community.
"The track record of my company in this community is very good," Bonee said. "We're proud of what we do and we're proud of our town.
"We don't do anything cheap and we're not going to start now."