Archive for Thursday, December 1, 2005

Votes to allow work on new center

December 1, 2005

The way is all but clear for construction to begin on the Carriage Hills Shopping Center.

Lansing City Council, meeting in special session Nov. 23, approved measures that allow work to begin as soon as a building permit is approved for the site.

In three 6-0 votes, the council approved subdivision plats for the development; civil engineering documents prepared by McAfee, Henderson & Strick of Olathe; and a facilities-use agreement with Carriage Hills LLC.

Council members Dee Hininger and Harland Russell were absent.

The documents and their required approval by City Council is standard for new developments before construction can begin, City Administrator Mike Smith said.

Scott Fishman, a sales agent with Olathe-based Fishman & Co., which is developing the 33,000-square-foot center with ARO Real Estate of Prairie Village, said the site's developers had requested the special meeting because they were "racing against time" to get as much construction as possible finished while possible. Cold weather and hard-frozen ground will make it difficult to set footings - wide bases to prevent the foundation from sinking - for the buildings.

Thanks to the council's week-early approval of the site plans and facilities-use agreement, Fishman said, a building permit, expected "any day now," is all that's needed for construction to begin.

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