Archive for Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Basehor residents raise questions about proposed low-income apartments

Basehor City Hall is at 2620 N. 155th St.

Basehor City Hall is at 2620 N. 155th St.

February 7, 2012, 7:52 a.m.

Updated: February 8, 2012, 8:42 a.m.

A standing-room-only crowd of residents peppered a developer with questions and concerns about a proposed low-income apartment complex at the Basehor City Council’s work session Monday night.

Developer Gary Hassenflu outlined plans Monday for a 46-unit apartment complex at 155th Street and Pinehurst Drive in Basehor, to be financed with the help of federal low-income housing tax credits. Hassenflu aims to complete the estimated $6.8 million project by October 2013, according to a document submitted to the city Council.

Hassenflu came before the council Monday because of a request for a resolution supporting the development, which would be required for the project to qualify for low-income tax credits. Even if the council approves the resolution at its Feb. 27 meeting, the project will need to undergo a series of zoning and planning approvals that would take about three to four months to complete, planning director Mitch Pleak said.

Residents at the meeting asked Hassenflu how the project would affect traffic, crime and other issues.

Basehor resident Fred Farris said he was concerned that there would not be enough need among area residents to fill the complex, and it would end up drawing residents from deeper into the Kansas City area.

“We know exactly where that need’s going to come from, and we’re going to be the ones that have to deal with it,” Farris said.

Hassenflu said his development company had selected Basehor as a potential site after studying areas ranging from western Wyandotte County to Tonganoxie, and a marketing study had suggested that there was a need for a low-income development in the area.

His company has built similar developments in Bonner Springs and other cities, he said, and the company screens potential tenants’ credit, employment, rent and mortgage histories among other factors.

The complex would be open to families making less than 50 percent of the median income in the Kansas City area, Hassenflu said, and rent would range between about $470 and $680 for its one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

He said typical tenants at his company’s complexes included young families, people recovering after foreclosures and senior citizens on fixed incomes.

“They’re the same people that are the salespeople at the stores you walk into at the Legends,” Hassenflu said. “They’re starting teachers. They’re starting firemen. They’re starting policemen.”

Councilwoman Iris Dysart said she’d received about 30 emails from residents concerned about the project, many of whom live in the Cedar Lake Estates subdivision just south of the proposed development.

Also at the work session Monday:

• Officials involved with the planned Country Place Senior Living assisted-living center, set to be built near Pinehurst Drive and 158th Street, appeared to ask the council for a reduction on sewer connection fees.

According to city ordinance, the fee for the 22-unit complex would be about $76,000, a $3,450 fee for each unit. But Angela Booth, an executive with the Country Place Living company, said an assisted-living center would be more similar to a school or hospital than an apartment complex or other multifamily home when it comes to sewer usage.

“This is a different animal,” Booth said.

The company is asking for a fee of about $15,000, based on projected sewer usage compared with a typical residence.

• City Clerk Corey Swisher gave a demonstration of a new online content-management system that city staff are constructing with help from city council member Travis Miles.

The system, which makes use of freely available open-source software, will cost a few hundred dollars per year to maintain, Swisher said. That's a savings of about $6,000 per year compared with the software the city currently uses to store documents such as agendas, minutes, ordinances and resolutions online. The software should also make such documents more easily accessible, he said.


guesswho66007 4 years, 10 months ago

If the Citizens of Basehor want to truly know what Garrison Development is capable of, then they should simply go Google Maps and look at the address for Fairfax Bluff Apartments in Kansas City, KS. 3176 W Parkwood Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66104. WOW AWESOME! Zoom in on the "playground"...nice, huh? With a little work, you can also find all the crime stats for that address. Rest assured, the Falcon Lakes, mayor supporting crew wouldn't want that "complex" near their homes. The entire city of Basehor should be aware and band together against this ridiculous assertion that Garrison Development wants to improve our town. They want to line their pockets only. Also, it's curious to note that Mark Breuer chimed in on this proposal when he was supposed to be there for the request regarding a reduced sewer connection fee. Mark Breuer directly related to David Breuer requesting to benefit while his relative sits on the council. History repeats itself to the detriment of the City of Basehor. Get involved, or get screwed.


LightTheDarkCorners 4 years, 10 months ago

This story talks about 46 units: the council packet on the city website shows a Phase I & a Phase II each with 46 units for a total of 92. Plus it shows another 4 acres marked :"Future Development." That could mean a total of 184 units - with an average occupancy of 3 per unit (which is probably low seeing that according to the material this project is directed at "families."

So what we are looking at is adding 552 or over 11% to Basehor's population. Is this deveopment going to add 11% to our tax revenues - NOT. Since the population in a project like this adds disproportinately to the services burden - we're looking at 15% increase in our services cost for maybe a 1% increase in tax revenue.

And just why are the Breuers campaigning for this and looking for another special break on their own project? It's just another effort by the Falcon Lakes plutocrats to get the rest of us to pay their costs. (Plutocracy - rule by the wealthy.)


johninbasehor 4 years, 9 months ago

I am not for this development either, but as your positing shows, you just can't keep from jabbing the residents of Falcon Lakes every time you get a chance. If you and your followers hate us all so much, then let us out of your precious city and quit taking our property tax collections. I figure my bill would be cut in half. As far as the direct relative of Mr Breuer wanting this development passed, I don't know about you, but I have trouble getting my kids to listen to me let along some relative.


guesswho66007 4 years, 9 months ago

Good point "jgreen1515", regarding "jabbing" and I can see how my comment would be perceived as jabbing at the residents of Falcon Lakes. For that I apologize to the residents of Falcon Lakes. I know MANY in Falcon Lakes who are good people with all the right intentions and motives. I do stand by my opinion regarding Garrison development, their proposal and that the council must vote "no" regarding supporting the same. I also think for the council to approve any type of reduction, rebate, or City financing, regarding sewer hookup fees for Country Place Senior Living is questionable. Everyone should be treated the same regarding payment of fees, and there should always be an open information policy regarding who is associated with whom and is benefiting from all decisions.


basehordream 4 years, 9 months ago

The Breuer's have the audacity to ask for a sewer cost reduction when we were just hit with a 40% hike to keep it solvent last year. Then another 2 1/2% this year.


tellthetruth 4 years, 9 months ago

I do think that we should have some nice apartments like Overland and Lenexa some with a little style and would make our town more pleasing to the eye. Not like the ones that were spoke about in other comments. Apartments that would house people that can afford 1.000 to 1.200 a month .What about the apartments on Paralled past 158th are they filled. I lived in Wyandotte county when I was growing up and I know where Parkwood is and it is nothing like it used to be before the 60's.You will draw what Piper did when they put there apartments in some years ago. I also think with all that is going on in the city , we should be more about getting together and making something happen and not talking about he said she said. Those people are costing our city many dollars that we do not have. And as for Mark Loughry and this law suit brought against the city is just an other example of people that are sue happy. Get over it. The multiple tortious actions by the city have harmed Mr. Loughry. Stop and think a bit people we are beginning to sound like KCMO, to many of our own agendas.


LightTheDarkCorners 4 years, 9 months ago

Loughry has made a claim against the city, not filed a lawsuit. Anybody who has fully read the piece of crap Redfern submitted knows it is going nowhere. It was filed purely for its political impact in the recall effort. The broadcast mailing of the Loughry claim last week by someone seeking the recall of Dennis and Iris was completely illegal in that it was totally unattributed - no return address, no responsible committee or individual -and I'm certain those who sent this will continue to flaunt the law by not filing the required reports with the county election officer.

Your blog ID is a marvelous oxymoron.


boots 4 years, 9 months ago

The apartments out past 158th, Prarie Gardens, They arent as nice as Jeff Shears's places/duplexes. Jeff's duplex's are 850$ a month, they are nice.


boots 4 years, 9 months ago

Soo, 1000$ a month? You think that is acceptable for rent?! I don't know where you live or work, but I have a pretty darn good job, and I couldn't afford that. . .

I'm 27, no kids, and have a hard time. Nice apartments in Johnson county aren't even 1000 a month. . . You can buy a 170000 home for 1000 a month. . .


boots 4 years, 9 months ago

Any apartment community is going to bring a mixed crowd. There is crime everywhere, Tonganoxie is next door, Meth Labs in Bonner, which is .2 miles away, just across state avenue. There is Lansing, which you can spit on from some portions of our city. . . There is crime in Basehor as well, but it's taken care of.

It's KCK, we gotta get used to it. If you don't like it, buy a gun and get a dog.


KSman57 4 years, 9 months ago

Finally...someone that gets it. Basehor isn't the same as it was 20 years ago.


MidwestLady 4 years, 9 months ago

I agree, $1,000.00 is a bit much. It's hard enough for young adults to afford anything these days if they are lucky enough to have a job. They should be expected to pay their whole salary on rent after taxes are taken out! They still need to eat!


boots 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm glad you understand where I'm coming from!


ProudOfOurCity 4 years, 9 months ago

ProudOfOurCity (anonymous) says… LTDC: Mr. Washington you are pathetic. Since you have no successes in your life and have never accomplished anything of importance, your only method to call attention to your narcissistic self is to tear down others. Nothing comes from you that has value. You constantly criticize, ridicule and more than anything else lie about every topic you address. You continue to try to influence citizens with your hateful comments. You must have no conscience because you have no problem trying to destroy people's lives with your lies who have not bowed down to you. If you are so miserable with Basehor please do us all a favor and move back to where you came from. Your new name should be DarkenEveryCornerWithHatred.

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OldtimeBasehor 4 years, 9 months ago

Fellow citizens of Basehor, this is my first comment in the Basehor Sentinel. I have set back and read the articles and blogs until now. I am late in joining the story, but I hope I can shed some light on the recall processes going on in the city which are littering our streets with signs as well as damaging our reputation as a friendly city attractive to new residents and businesses.
I regularly attend council meetings where I had witnessed an event last spring that is the beginning of the fighting that has been going on in the city. Former City Administrator Mark Loughry changed IT companies for the City of Basehor. At the end of the city council meeting when the IT change was announced, Jim Washington approached Mark Loughry and said clearly that he was going to get even. A number of us present heard that threat. Incidentally, the Information Technology services that had been removed as a city vendor happens to be a company founded by Jim Washington and currently run by his family. The council meeting where “The Purple Guys” were removed as the Information Technology service, a number of people witnessed Washington approach Loughry, get in his face and threaten to get even after the meeting was adjourned. It looks like he made good on his word. Within a couple of months, Loughry was blindsided at a council meeting and removed from office by three friends of Mr. Washington. No reason was given at the time nor has there been a reason given to this day. As a result, Mertz and Dysart, were recalled based on a KOMA violation. There does not need to be proof that they met in a secret place and discussed the termination of Loughry. An outside party conducting individual conversations with 3 council members persuading them to take action is a KOMA violation. Their behavior at the council meeting was clear evidence they had discussed and were of like mind before the council meeting. County rules prevent recalling more than two council members at a time.
As a result of the recall of Mertz and Dysart, several more friends of Mr. Washington recalled Mayor Hill in what appears to be retaliation. Two of the four allegations against Mayor Hill were thrown out by the judge which casts a lot of suspicion on the other two. I received a letter with 10 thousand dollars of charges the mayor had made with a city charge card. I took it upon myself to check with the Basehor City Clerk and discovered that 90% of the charges listed were false. We had trusted Mayor Hill with our money and I was relieved to find out that he had not violated that trust. I am tired of this fight. I hold Jim Washington a.k.a. “Light the dark corners” responsible.


onlythetruth 4 years, 9 months ago

The letter that the Recall committee against Mayor Hill mailed out to residents that alleged spending by Mayor Hill, provided false information over 90% of the alleged $10776 was determined to not to have been charged by Mayor Hill, though an open records request with the City of Basehor. To find the truth visit.

The Best one of them all is that the recall committee alleged that Mayor Hill spent $3990 on Ingram’s Magazine. However, if we look at the 11/7/2011 visa statement you provide on the recall site for mayor hill we can see on page 6 that the City of Basehor's actual expense was $695 (not made by Mayor Hill). The remaining $3295 was paid for by Valley View Bank ($1000), USD #458($1245), Citizen’s Bank($250), Chamber of Commerce($500), and First State Bank ($300). The recall committee against Mayor Hill has provided proof on their own website that the information that they have mailed out to residents is false.


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