Archive for Thursday, February 19, 2004

Council: downtown should be — downtown

February 19, 2004

The Basehor City Council has directed city staff to push forward with a proposal that would focus attention for a downtown district along areas near 155th Street.

City Council and Basehor Planning Commission members reviewed the proposal during a work session Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Basehor City Hall. After listening to the plan, City Council members directed employees begin developing procedures to implement the downtown proposal.

City Council member Julian Espinoza said city officials agreed with the plan's concept.

"I think all the council members felt there was some merit to what was proposed," Espinoza said.

For the past four months, City Council member John Bonee and Basehor Planning Commission members Steve Cole and George Smith have studied where the city's focus should lie for a downtown district.

The committee considered two areas for downtown: a growing residential and commercial area in southern Basehor near U.S. Highway 24/40 or what's historically referred to as downtown on 155th Street.

After studying both areas, the committee determined a developed and revitalized downtown district should be located on 155th Street, between Crestwood Drive and Hickory Street.

A critical portion of the committee's downtown proposal is the creation of a "showpiece parkway," throughout Basehor. The envisioned parkway would begin at Falcon Lakes Drive and move south eventually connecting with 155th Street.

The city is seeking input from the public for its downtown district and will mail out community surveys in coming weeks to gauge public opinion.

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