Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2005

City, architects to discuss K-7

July 21, 2005

Next week, members of the Basehor City Council will meet with architects from HNTB Corp., the design firm charged with coordinating upgrades to the Kansas Highway 7 corridor.

The meeting, which will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, July 25, at Basehor City Hall, 2620 N. 155th, will focus on city officials' concerns with HNTB's recommendation for the highway corridor.

Last year, HNTB recommended that upgrades to K-7 be made using a freeway model. While some area governments support the freeway model, the city of Basehor does not.

Opponents to the freeway model include Unified Government of Wyandotte County and the cities of Edwardsville, Bonner Springs and Basehor.

In March, mayors of those four area municipalities signed a letter of opposition to the HNTB proposal and sent it to the state transportation department.

The stance of opponents, and one adopted by the Basehor City Council, is that K-7's conversion to a freeway would send thousands of motorists that travel the highway around their communities, thereby stymieing economic development.

At Monday night's meeting, the city council also:

  • Approved, 3-0, a statement of action for the preliminary plat for Wolf Creek Junction's second phase. Wolf Creek Junction is a 19-acre commercial and retail development at the northeast corner of 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.
  • Approved, 2-1, an amended preliminary development plan for Pinehurst, a 97-acre, mixed-use development south of Basehor Town Square.

City council member Bill Hooker voted against the proposal.

  • Approved, 2-1, a statement of action for preliminary plat/final development plan for Pines of Pinehurst, a 14-acre section of the overall development.

Again, Hooker voted against the proposal.

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