Archive for Thursday, October 30, 2003

City Council approves member’s development

October 30, 2003

Property held stagnant following a fire several years ago will begin undergoing a renovation in coming months.

During the Basehor City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 27, Basehor developer John Bonee received final approval from members to rezone his property, approximately one acre at 2826 N. 155th St., from single-family residential to multi-family residential.

Bonee said he intends to renovate an existing building on the ground to feature seven "upscale, loft style apartments." Bonee, who is also a member of the City Council, removed himself from voting on the issue of rezoning.

City Council members unanimously approved the rezoning, 4-0. The decision comes on the heels of a recommendation the Basehor Planning Commission made earlier this month to approve the rezoning request.

The land Bonee is set to renovate is the former home of the Basehor United Methodist Church. Approximately five years ago, the church's sanctuary, a historical landmark, was destroyed by fire.

The building that once housed the church offices and an education center remains. It's that building, between 5,600 to 5,800 square feet, which will be renovated, Bonee said. Each apartment at the building will have its own private entrance, Bonee said.

Before selling the property, church officials tried to rezone the ground to multi-family residential.

The request was denied because church officials intended to sell the property to the highest bidder and there was no telling what kind of development could be built on the ground, city codes administrator Mike Hooper said.

"There was no plan for what was going to be done to the property," Hooper said.

City Council members felt more comfortable approving the rezoning request for Bonee, a local developer who has built the Pebblebrooke Retirement Community and Parkway Place Business Park.

"I know whatever John does will be upscale and very nice," City Council member Iris Dysart said.

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