Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

Downtown commercial development planned

December 2, 2004

A local man with plans to develop a new commercial district in downtown Basehor said that design plans for his development are nearing completion.

Jeral Cooper has plans to revitalize two acres of downtown property that is currently home to the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars post. All told, the Basehor City Center will include 11 buildings and 28,000 square feet of commercial and office space.

Cooper said his engineer is "putting final touches on the design" and that he hopes to begin construction by the spring or summer. He said he'd planned to have more completed at the development by now, but that a new design was necessary so the City Center could have more parking spaces.

"We hoped to be under construction and finished by now," he said. But, patience has paid off, Cooper added. "I like (the layout) a lot better the way it's been rearranged."

The City Center will include smaller retail stores and space for professional offices, Cooper said.

The buildings will be featured at the City Center in an L-shaped layout. They will run east to west beginning just off 155th Street and will angle north of the property. Among those buildings, most of which are planned for one-story, will be a new VFW post.

Cooper said the new post would be approximately 50 feet wide by 60 feet long and include two stories with multiple apartments occupying the top floor. The existing VFW post will most likely be torn down after construction to the new post is completed, Cooper said.

The remaining buildings will be constructed using a western motif, Cooper said. The developer said he's already received interest from prospective businesses interested in locating to the City Center.

Cooper has not yet submitted plans for the development to the city, but said he will do so in coming weeks.

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