Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Chamber, city to revisit revitalization program

November 24, 2004

In a continuation of previous meetings, Basehor city officials are scheduled to meet with members of an economic development committee next week to discuss, among other topics, aspects of a city-implemented incentive program for residences and commercial businesses.

The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at Basehor City Hall. It will include input from members of a Basehor Chamber of Commerce economic development committee, Leavenworth Area Development and the Basehor City Council.

While the overall discussion will be tailored to improving the business climate in Basehor, one of the main topics of discussion Thursday morning will be centered on the city's revitalization program.

The program, approved by the Basehor City Council in 2001, grants tax abatements to property owners inside the designated revitalization area -- nearly all areas inside the city's corporate limits -- for new construction or when improvements are made that add more than 50 percent to a property's assessed valuation.

It is applicable to both new businesses and homes inside subdivisions built before the 2001 adoption of the program.

Since it was approved, the neighborhood revitalization plan has been seldom used.

According to city records, only four businesses have taken advantage of the program.

During the meeting, officials expect to review the merits of the program and discuss ways it may be improved, Chamber of Commerce members said.

Also on tap for the meeting is a discussion regarding ways to improve upon distribution of a business packet.

The Chamber of Commerce previously worked with Basehor city officials to organize information for business owners considering Basehor as a location.

The packet includes applications, timelines for planning meetings and procedures, among other items.

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