Archive for Thursday, May 26, 2005

Planners approve Kansas Ave. rezoning

May 26, 2005

The Lansing Planning Commission has unanimously recommended for approval a rezoning application that will allow a new commercial area on East Kansas Avenue.

Landscape architect Terry Berkbuegler presented the plan Tuesday night for 108, 110 and 112 Kansas Ave. and said he hoped to see a 12,000 square foot, two-story strip mall constructed on the site.

He said there would be room for four retail businesses on the bottom level and four offices on the upper level. The planning is flexible, however, and two large retail businesses could move in on the lower level instead of four, Berkbuegler said.

"It's a good area for commercial development," Berkbuegler said. "It would be a mix of local retail and restaurant type establishments."

He added that one company has already expressed interest in the office space, though he would not reveal the company's name.

During the meeting, the commission agreed there was a market for retail in the area but also thought a new strip mall would add to traffic problems.

Tom Smith, the committee's vice chairman, was adamant about the topic and said if such areas of town were populated with attractive business traffic would only get worse.

"I hope we are sensitive to the needs of moving traffic," Smith added.

Traffic studies and the addition of a stoplight were mentioned as possible ways to prevent such problems.

The commission also recommended approval of the final plan for five retail buildings to be constructed at 208 and 210 N. Main St. Leavenworth business owner Danny Asher is building the Old Town Development.

The recommendations will be forwarded to the Lansing City Council for final consideration.

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