Archive for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cities approve first steps in new developments

May 23, 2012

The cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville preliminarily approved some new developments last week.

The Bonner Springs Planning Commission discussed a new AutoZone and apartment buildings totaling 24 units, while the Edwardsville City Council gave preliminary approval on an application for tax abatements on warehouse buildings estimated at $25 million.

The AutoZone will join Walgreens and Burger King in the Bonner Springs Pointe development on the northeast corner of Kansas Avenue and Kansas Highway 7.

The commission approved amending the development’s preliminary plat from six to five lots to create a larger lot for the AutoZone store at 545 S. 129th St., east of Walgreens. The two resulting lots on the east side of the street total 6.78 acres, of which AutoZone’s lot will take 1.24 acres.

The commission also approved a final plat and site/landscape plan for the store, which will contain 6,446 square feet.

The commission also discussed a plan submitted by Bonner Springs developer Guy Tiner for Richland Apartments, 13100 Richland Ave. The plan calls for two new apartment buildings with a total of 24 one- and two-bedroom units on a vacant lot, adjacent to his existing multi-family development on the west.

The commission approved a comprehensive plan change and rezoning for the apartments.

Final approval of both the AutoZone and apartment buildings will go before the Bonner Springs City Council at its June 11 meeting.

The Edwardsville City Council approved an application for the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds for JDC Edwardsville 1 LLC for two warehouse or distribution facilities proposed on vacant property at 9501 and 9527 Woodend Road.

The proposal shows the facilities would range in size for 138,000 to 260,000 square feet, estimating the project’s worth at $25 million, but the applicant did not list the occupants of the buildings.

The application requests between a 50- and 65-percent property tax abatement, with the position that the development deserves the higher abatement amount because the site is adjacent to a sand facility and will require an improved entry roadway.

Mike Webb, city administrator, said city staff currently can’t recommend more than a 50 percent abatement, as the applicant has not provided enough details about the development’s tenants and the number and type of jobs the development would bring.

The applicant agreed to proceed with the understanding that the city staff could recommend a higher abatement if more details are provided and prove worthy. The council would be required to approve whatever percentage abatement staff recommends.

Webb said the developer didn’t give an indication of when work on the project would begin, but the application expires at the end of the year, so must come back with a more formal request by then.

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