Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2004

Basehor to resume debate on its downtown district

April 8, 2004

The debate concerning where the city of Basehor should focus attention on a downtown district will resume next week.

On Monday night, the Basehor City Council is scheduled to host its regular monthly meeting. Following the meeting, the City Council is scheduled to discuss two concepts for a future downtown district district.

The concepts focus on 155th and 158th Streets, the two areas most often discussed as the city's future for a downtown district.

The first concept centers on areas between Crestwood Drive and Hickory Street along 155th Street, near what's commonly referred to as downtown Basehor.

Earlier this year, a three-member committee, commissioned by the City Council, determined the city's focus for a downtown district should be along 155th Street.

The committee concluded that a "showpiece parkway," should be developed throughout Basehor, tying together all segments of the city and affording motorists easy access throughout.

The second concept the City Council will discuss centers on 158th Street, where there is already existing residential and commercial development, and where more is planned for the future.

In the past, 158th Street has been discussed as a downtown destination because of its access to major thoroughfares and its geographic location. The street would anchor the center of the city's possible future boundaries.

During a discussion in February, the City Council reviewed the three-member committee's plan and reached a consensus that the downtown district should be located along 155th Street.

Monday night's work session is scheduled to begin immediately following the 6 p.m. regular meeting.

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