Archive for Thursday, March 6, 2008

LCPA talks spec buildings

March 6, 2008

Without a quorum, no action items received attention during an abbreviated Leavenworth County Port Authority meeting Wednesday, Feb. 27, but several pending and future projects were discussed, including plans to lock in a construction company for virtual, speculative buildings in Tonganoxie's Urban Hess business park.

A virtual, "spec building," in essence, would have designs, permits and an agreement with a contractor in place in order to expedite construction for a potential developer without the expense and risk of physically laying bricks and mortar.

Ed Chapman III, chairman of the Port Authority's spec building committee, said the group reviewed requests for proposals for general contractor and construction management services in a meeting earlier in the month.

According to him, a construction company could submit a bid guaranteeing the job for a one-year period with a bid price good for 90 days at a time.

In the event that a developer elected to build based on designs for 40,000-, 80,000- and 120,000-square-foot buildings, the contractor would be paid for its services at that time.

One stipulation in the bid request would be that low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) or "green" structures that are more energy efficient be used, Chapman said.

Renderings by architect Bill Johnson would be adjusted and used to convey what the buildings would look like so that each contractor would be bidding on the same thing.

Johnson said construction bids would not just be considered on price but on how long a contractor could hold that price as well as how long from when given a notice to proceed a building could be built.

Chapman added the spec building committee has been communicating with planning and zoning staff from Tonganoxie to get all permits and paperwork "as close to complete from the get-go as we can."

"I, for one, was very happy with the meeting," he said. "It seems as though we're on the brink of some very exciting and worthwhile things. We're right on the edge. I think it's going to be very, very good."

Lots in Urban Hess would eventually be suited for light, industrial development.

In other business Wednesday:

¢ Port Authority treasurer Charlie Hill reported that the first street, storm water and water bills at the Urban Hess Business Park in Tonganoxie were paid in the amount of $35,000.

The port authority has funded utility extension and roadwork for the 25.33-acre industrial park located at the intersection of County Road 5 and Laming Road.

Christy Isaacs, economic development coordinator with the Leavenworth County Development Corp., said construction, by Oskaloosa-based King's Construction, should be complete by June 1.

¢ Isaacs reported that a request for proposals for accounting services for LCDC and the Port Authority were being put together.

She also said that Consolidated Mail Order Pharmacy, a company in the Port Authority-owned Gary Carlsen business park, north of Eisenhower Road in Leavenworth, has plans to expand offices to a 10,000 square-foot facility in the business park that previously housed Impact Design Inc.

LCDC executive director Steve Jack added that Cereal Ingredients Inc., also in Gary Carlson, has plans to hire 14 to 16 employees when the company expands in April.

In municipal reports:

¢ Lansing Mayor Kenneth Bernard said the City Council recently approved bids to construct the first phase of a new, 127-acre city park, adding that bids came in well under engineering estimates.

¢ Tonganoxie City Administrator Mike Yanez said city staff finished and updated a profile sheet for Ingram's Magazine's upcoming "Destination Kansas City" publication.

¢ Basehor City Planner Dustin Smith said the city's new community library was set to open its doors this week.

¢ Leavenworth City Manager Scott Miller said, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, the City Commission considered a rezoning application for a Wal-Mart Supercenter that would be located at 10th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

The application was to receive a second reading in a commission meeting Tuesday, March 4.

Miller also said city staff is requesting proposals for architects and engineers for planned improvements to Haymarket Square at Seventh and Cherokee Streets in downtown Leavenworth and is preparing to go out for bids to construct a hiking and biking trail along Three-Mile Creek from the city's Landing Park to Haymarket Square.

Assistant city manager Robyn Stewart said utility work on the Delaware Streetscape project, which will redesign and update Delaware Street from Sixth Street to Esplanade, should begin as weather permits.

"We've got a lot of exciting projects going on in Leavenworth at this time," Miller said.

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