Archive for Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Commission approves East Lawrence rezoning

December 13, 2006


A major East Lawrence project that would redevelop the area near Eighth and Pennsylvania streets received another round of approval from city commissioners Tuesday night.

Commissioners unanimously approved a pair of zoning ordinances for an area that Lawrence builder Bo Harris wants to convert into a residential, retail and commercial district.

The project, which would rehabilitate several old industrial buildings in the area, previously sparked concerns from neighbors about density, parking and other issues. But no one from the public spoke against the issue at Tuesday's meeting.

Questions still remain about the project, though. It will include about $2.8 million worth of public improvements, such as the extension of Delaware Street from Ninth Street to Eighth Street. But the city has not agreed to pay for any of those costs.

Instead, commissioners have supported using the Neighborhood Revitalization Act, which would allow the builder to receive a partial property tax rebate that then could be used to pay for the public improvements.

In order for the Neighborhood Revitalization Act to generate enough to cover the $2.8 million cost, Douglas County and the Lawrence school district also likely would need to participate in the rebate program.

Harris said there was no firm time line for the approximately $30 million project to start.


budwhysir 11 years, 3 months ago

Are there any flood planes in this area???

kshiker 11 years, 3 months ago

For once, a very pragmatic and smart move by the City Commission. Perhaps there is hope.

justthefacts 11 years, 3 months ago

How long has this project been contemplated and/or under discussion by the city and neighborhoods? In other words, how long does a developer have to plan ahead to get such a thing actually to the building stage?

Richard Heckler 11 years, 3 months ago

Obviously Harris Construction felt it was worth whatever was necessary to come to some kind of consensus. What Bo is doing is exactly what's going on in KCMO in so far as rehab work on old warehouses. So many of those are becoming downtown residential which revitalizes the downtown. Again excellent use of existing resources.

Since Harris Construction has an office in KCMO they know what's going on. Harris Construction is quite busy in KCMO. Fritzell is building quite a nice home between Brookside and Mission on 63rd.

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