Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2005

Developer sets sights on Kansas

July 7, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: July 7, 2005, 12:04 p.m.

Lansing is attracting yet another commercial development - this time at First Street and East Kansas Avenue.

Carlson Construction Management Co., of Independence, Mo., wants to build a 12,000-square-foot retail/office development across the street from the Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 offices.

"Lansing is developing pretty quickly, and the city has some pretty high traffic counts that make it attractive," said Ron Van Meter, an official with Carlson.

But before the plans can take root, the developer first must win approval for a rezoning of the properties at 108, 110 and 112 E. Kansas. Lansing City Council members will consider the rezoning request at their meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at City Hall, 800 First Terrace.

Van Meter said Carlson Construction has been in the restaurant-building business in the Kansas City area for years, including an association with McDonald's that dates 35 years. More recently, the company has built Chipotle and Noodles & Co. stores in the metro region, Van Meter said.

No businesses have signed on yet for Carlson's first foray into the Lansing market.

"We've talked to several people," Van Meter explained, "but we haven't really started marketing that property too hard yet. Anytime after the seventh, if we get the rezoning approved, we'll start looking hard."

Last month, the Lansing Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning. Though no site plan has been officially submitted for approval, planning commissioners were told by Terry Berkbuegler, a landscape architect with Brian Clark & Associates, the development would feature 6,000 square feet of retail/commercial space on the ground floor with another 6,000 square feet of office space on the second floor.

"We're hoping to attract a restaurant downstairs," Van Meter said.

Although an architect's rendering of the development submitted to the city indicates a Subway restaurant is on the site, both Berkbuegler and Van Meter said the sandwich maker was not signed for the development.

"We've had some discussion with them," Van Meter said.

The development will be tailored to whatever initial clients sign on, Berkbuegler said, with room for up to four ground-floor tenants.

The land currently is zoned residential and general business; the request is to rezone it as commercial business.

If the development takes shape, it will join these recent commercial redevelopment projects in the city:

¢ Old Town, a four- to five-unit retail/office development at 210 N. Main St. under development by Danny Asher, a car garage operator.

¢ Fishman & Co., Olathe, which is bringing several restaurants to the 400 block of North Main Street, near the Holiday Inn Express.

Fishman already has secured commitments from Popeye's Chicken, Pizza Shoppe and Homemade Ice Cream to locate in the five-building, 38,000-square-foot development, said developer Scott Fishman.

¢ Development Inc., the Leavenworth-based company operated by the Greenamyre family, is planning a development with about 30,000 square feet of space near the intersection of Main Street and Fairlane, and is undertaking a 5,000-square-foot extension north of Daniels Bar-B-Q in the Main Street Center, 800 N. Main St.

Here's tonight's City Council agenda:

Consent agenda

¢ Consider minutes from the June 23 council meeting

Regular agenda

¢ Hear a briefing on city baseball and softball leagues from the Parks and Recreation Department.

¢ Consider a design contract for work on 147th Street from McIntyre Road to Dempsey Road with the firm McAfee, Henderson and Strick. The city and Leavenworth County have agreed to a 50-50 split of costs to put a hard surface on 147th. The project is envisioned for sometime in 2006, Public Works director John Young said.

¢ Consider an ordinance to rezone 108, 110 and 112 East Kansas Avenue.

¢ Hear reports from city staff members and council members.

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