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Archive for Tuesday, September 26, 1995

PLANNING PANEL TO CONSIDER PENNEY/THEATER SITE

September 26, 1995

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The planning commission will look at a large commercial development proposed on South Iowa Street that calls for relocating 35 mobile homes.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will consider a request Wednesday night for a commercial development just southwest of the intersections of 33rd and Iowa streets.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

The commission will look at a request to rezone about 21 acres to be used for a planned commercial development that would include five commercial buildings totaling 133,500 square feet.

A relocated J.C. Penney store and a 12-screen movie theater complex have been identified as two "anchors" for the development. Two "sit-down" restaurants and a general retail building would also go in the development.

The planning staff has asked the commission to defer the development plan to resolve several issues, such as traffic circulation, building orientation, design standards, drainage and access.

However, the staff wants the commission to discuss the development to give staff and property owners some guidance.

In a related matter, the planning commission will also be asked to rezone about 26.5 acres south and west of the Easy Living Mobile Home park, 3323 Iowa. The mobile home park owners want to move 35 mobile homes on the east side of the park to be used for the commercial center development.

The owners propose moving the 35 homes to the south and want to expand the park from 220 to 266 units.

But the planning staff opposes the owners' request to rezone the land from A (Agricultural) to RS-1 (Single Family Residence). The planning staff recommends the planning commission initiate rezoning of the property and adjacent property to the north within the existing mobile home park to PRD-1 (Planned Residential District).

The planning staff also opposes a Use Permitted Upon Review for the planned expansion of the park. The staff listed several reasons for denying the request, including inadequate stormwater drainage control, no sidewalks and no lighting plan.

In other action, the commission will:

  • Consider plans for building 108 apartments on a 7.2-acre site near the northeast corner of the Sixth Street and Schwarz Road intersection. Access to the 12-building development would be controlled by a gatehouse.
  • Consider a draft of a new East Lawrence Neighborhood Plan.
  • Consider a rezoning request from PRD-2 (Planned Residential Development) to RO-2 (Residence-Office) for about 8.7 acres west of Kasold Drive on the south side of Clinton Parkway, west of the Mt. Oread Medical Arts Centre. Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., the contract purchaser, wants to develop a dialysis clinic on the property.
  • Consider rezoning about 23.2 acres from A (Agricultural) and M-1 (Research Industrial) to RS-E (Single-Family Residential Estate) and RO-1B (Residence-Office). The property is north of 15th, west of Wakarusa Drive and the Foxfire subdivision. The request is part of a 211-acre annexation request now pending final action by the city.

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