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Archive for Sunday, June 20, 1999

AGENDA (2) FOR PLANNING COMMISSION

June 20, 1999

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Dial Realty KC, of Kansas City, has a contract to purchase the site, one of the last prime parcels for development in southwest Lawrence. The company originally had sought to build a $150 million pedestrian-friendly complex of housing, shops, office buildings and churches, but agreed to scale back plans after receiving a cool reception from city officials.

The property is east of Sunflower and Southwest Junior High schools.

The city's planning staffers recommend annexing the property into the city, given its location adjacent to the city limits and the availability of municipal services, such as water and sewer service.

Horizon 2020, the city's comprehensive land-use plan, calls for the property to be developed for low-density residential use, which translates to six dwellings or fewer per acre. The category envisions single-family residential homes, along with some duplexes and townhomes.

Dial representatives, however, are hoping their scaled-back plans will win approval.

The plan calls for a nearly 22-acre strip of office uses along Clinton Parkway, plus nearly 12 acres of commercial property at the southwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Crossgate Drive. The rest would be some form of residential.

"It's a more conventional plan," said Dial's Jim Harpool, after the new plans were submitted in April. "Hopefully, the reception will be better."

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