Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Basehor man wants to develop center in downtown area

October 6, 2005

A local man is continuing with plans to develop a commercial center he hopes will bring businesses to downtown Basehor.

"That's exactly what we hope to do," said Jeral Cooper, owner and developer of Hickory Crossing.

"(Residents) want to bring the business section back downtown, so that's the catchphrase we wanted to use."

Hickory Crossing, formerly known as Hickory Junction, is a 10-building commercial and retail development seated on two acres of vacant ground northeast of the Basehor Veteran's of Foreign Wars post, just off 155th Street.

Each building inside Cooper's planned development will encompass between 1,200 and 1,700 square feet.

He said he'd like to see a blend of commercial, retail and professional businesses lease space inside his development.

He recently added a sign to the property advertising Hickory Crossing and soon another sign, complete with the floor plans of each building, will be added to the property, he said.

Cooper said he's hoping his development, like its current name, will become a staple of a new, revitalized downtown.

"I've had probably two dozen names we've toyed with," Cooper said. "My wife is happy with it and so is my daughter and I am, too. I think this one is a keeper."

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