Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2006

Lansing Business Center asks city for rezoning

Change would allow Special Ed Cooperative move

September 7, 2006

An area developed to lure industrial businesses to Lansing could be rezoned under a plan to come before the Lansing City Council this week.

Lansing Business Center, which is on Gilman Road east of Kansas Highway 7, would be rezoned from I-1 Light Industrial and I-2 Heavy Industrial to B-3 Commercial Business under the plan.

Rich Holden, an official with Development Inc., developer of Lansing Business Center, said that after six years it was clear the center was more suited to smaller commercial businesses.

"The reality is the kind of businesses we can get are service businesses, commercial businesses, contractors and contractor yards," he said.

The center is now home to one tenant, All About Dreams Gymnastics. Another building in the center has been outfitted to be the new home of the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative's classrooms. Schools are a permitted use under B-3 zoning.

Holden told the Lansing Planning Commission last month Development Inc. was seeking the rezoning in part because it was trying to avoid having to seek a conditional use permit for the special education cooperative's use of the building.

When the center first was on the drawing board, Holden said, there were discussions with the city about the zoning, and a decision was made to go with the industrial categories so as to not limit the prospective tenants. Time has shown the center hasn't been attractive to industrial clients, though, because of its size limits, Holden said.

"We only have 19 acres in the Lansing Business Center, so the lots are not big enough to bring in those large industrial clients. : It just makes sense to go with commercial zoning," he said.

The Planning Commission has recommended approval of the rezoning to the City Council.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. today, Sept. 7, at City Hall, 800 First Terrace, to take up the rezoning request, among other items.

Also to be discussed tonight will be a proposed ordinance that would amend the city's traffic code to include motor carrier safety regulations and penalties for violations.

Here's the council's agenda:

Consent Calendar

¢ Consider minutes from the council's Aug. 17 meeting.

New business

¢ Hear an update on the Lansing Veterans Memorial.

¢ Proclamation of Sept. 16 as "Kids Day America."

¢ Hear an update on the Main Street Enhancement Project.

¢ Select voting delegates to the League of Kansas Municipalities.

¢ Consider an amendment to the traffic section of the city code.

¢ Consider a resolution supporting the Safe Routes to School Program.

¢ Consider the final plat for Rocky Ridge Subdivision.

¢ Consider an ordinance rezoning Lots 1 through 15 and Tract A of Lansing Business Center.

¢ Hear reports from staff members, the city administrator and council members.

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