Archive for Thursday, April 15, 2004

Local man proposes ‘City Center’

April 15, 2004

A local man intends to maintain an aggressive schedule in developing a new commercial district in an area commonly referred to as downtown Basehor.

On Monday night, Jeral Cooper, a local man with ties to Basehor civic groups such as PRIDE and the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars, presented preliminary concepts of his proposed Basehor City Center. His plan calls for developing an 11-building strip mall on two-acres of property where the Basehor VFW meeting hall is currently located.

Cooper, who is in the process of purchasing the property, said he intends to tear down the VFW hall and replace it with a new two-story building. Ten other buildings would feature commercial, professional or retail type businesses, he said.

"I've wanted to build something in Basehor for quite some time, years really," said Cooper, adding that if all goes well, his development could begin construction in May and open in February or March of 2005.

Cooper said he's already been approached by one business interested in locating at the City Center. Ideally, the development would be home to "professional type offices," Cooper said.

His plan also entails adding two, two-bedroom apartments above the new VFW hall.

Cooper said he has conceptual plans of the City Center but has not yet submitted a preliminary plat. Before doing so, Cooper said he wanted to gauge the city's interest in the possible development of the area.

He was encouraged by the reactions of city officials.

"They were rather overjoyed, really," he said. "They showed a lot of interest and support, which really pleased me."

Buildings inside the development will be either 40 x 50' or 30x50' deep and be made of insulated concrete forms.

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