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Archive for Monday, December 17, 2007

Apartment complexes return to agenda

Lawrence City Commission

December 17, 2007

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Bottom line

City commissioners canceled their Dec. 11 meeting because of weather. So on their next agenda are plans for two new apartment complexes in the city.

Background

Commissioners will consider rezoning property and approving a preliminary plat for The Exchange, a proposed apartment complex at 31st Street and Ousdahl Road. The project includes about 55 acres of property that would be rezoned for an apartment complex. Also, commissioners will consider approving the Revised Southern Development Plan, which is an area plan for this area and much of the property that is between 31st Street and the Wakarusa River to the south. The second apartment project is Rylee Court Apartments, near 23rd and Tennessee streets. The project, which is just east of the Checkers grocery store, already has the proper zoning. Commissioners are being asked to approve a site plan for the property.

Other business

¢ 5:30 p.m.: Executive session to discuss nonelected personnel matters. Commissioners plan to meet for about 40 minutes. The regular meeting will resume about 6:35 p.m.

¢ Recognized the Kansas University football team. Players will arrive at city hall after completing Tuesday's practice.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

¢ Receive minutes from these boards and commissions.

¢ Approve claims.

¢ Approve licenses as recommended by the Department of Administrative Services.

¢ Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

¢ Bid and purchase items:

a.) Award the following bids for sale of scrap and surplus equipment for the Utilities Department:

1.) Scrap copper and brass to Berry Heine for $3,146.

2.) Obsolete water meters to Warren Enterprises for $27,523.

3.) Obsolete desks to Hurrelbrink Recycling for $10.

b.) Award these Comprehensive Housing Rehabilitation bids:

1.) 224 E. 17th St. Terrace to Penny Construction for $23,776.

2.) 931 Murrow Court to T&J Holdings for $24,340.

3.) 1645 R.I. to Penny Construction for $24,185.

4.) 2616 Mayfair Drive to Old Home Store Inc. for $25,475.

c.) Approve change order No. 1 (final) in the amount of $83,303.18 for the 2007 Overlay and Curb Repair Program, Phase 2.

d.) Approve reimbursement to Dave Millstein of $25,128.15, or 75 percent of the installation costs of a sprinkler system at 803 Mass. (Casbah), pursuant to the 2007 Downtown Fire Sprinkler Incentive Program.

¢ Adopt on second and final reading, Ordinance No. 8211, authorizing the codification of the general ordinances of the city.

¢ Adopt these resolutions:

a.) Resolution No. 6746, establishing U.S. Bank National Association as an official depository of the city of Lawrence.

b.) Resolution No. 6747, declaring the boundaries of the city of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kan.

¢ Approve extension of parking agreement with Sunflower Broadband to use city lot 16 at the monthly rate of $10 per metered space for 43 spaces, for a total of $430 per month, until Feb. 1.

¢ Authorize the city manager to enter into an engineering services agreement with HNTB in the amount of $48,088, for design engineering services related to Phase II waterline and sanitary sewer relocations on North Iowa Street because of the widening of I-70 highway.

¢ Authorize the mayor to sign the construction administration agreement with KDOT for Ohio Street Brick Restoration project.

¢ Receive report on Destination Management Inc. organizational meeting.

¢ Receive request from Douglas County concerning special assessments at East Hills Business Park; refer to staff for a report.

¢ Authorize the mayor to sign a subordination agreement for Craig Nowatzke, 838 Oak St.

¢ Authorize the mayor to sign a Subordination Agreement for Lori Phillips, 2104 Tenn.

¢ Receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

¢ Consider approving Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department regulations for swimming pools and spas with 2007 amendments.

¢ Consider staff recommendations regarding bid letting and use of incentives for the North Second and Locust Street geometric improvements project.

¢ Consider awarding the bid for Project 6CP-906 Stoneridge Drive Elevated Water Storage Tank to the low bidder, LandMark Structures, in the amount of $2,470,000 and authorize the city manager to execute a contract agreement for the project.

¢ Consider approval of SP-11-89-05, a site plan for Rylee Court Apartments, an apartment complex including 16 units and surface parking located on the south side of 23rd Street and west of Tennessee Street (extended). Submitted by Paul Werner for First Management Inc., property owner of record.

¢ Consider approval of the Revised Southern Development Plan. The draft plan was returned to the Planning Commission for further consideration by the Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 8.

¢ Consider the following items related to The Exchange, an approximately 126-acre multi-dwelling residential development located at 31st Street and Ousdahl Road.

a.) Consider approval of the requested annexation of approximately 52 acres for The Exchange, located at 31st Street and Ousdahl Road. Submitted by Michael Berry, P.E. Professional Engineering Consultants, for RA & JG Limited Company, property owner of record.

b.) Consider approval of a request to rezone a tract of land approximately 6.673 acres, County A (agriculture) to OS (open space).

c.) Consider approval of a request to rezone a tract of land approximately 56.44 acres, from RS10 (single-dwelling residential) and County A (agriculture) to RM15 (multi-dwelling residential).

d.) Consider accepting dedication of easements and rights-of-way for PP-05-06-07, a revised preliminary plat for The Exchange addition, approximately 63.111 acres containing 3 lots and 1 tract.

¢ Consider initiating various items pertaining to beginning the adoption process for the Lawrence SmartCode:

a.) Consider initiating an amendment to Horizon 2020 by creating Chapter 15 - Place Making to ensure proper comprehensive plan language is in place for the proposed Lawrence SmartCode in the city of Lawrence.

b.) Consider initiating an amendment to Horizon 2020, Chapter 14 - Specific Plans, to add a reference to the Lawrence SmartCode Infill Plan.

c.) Consider initiating TA-11-27-07, to adopt the Lawrence SmartCode.

¢ Consider authorizing staff to issue a joint Request for Proposal for contracted transportation services for city and Kansas University transit operations beyond 2008 on Jan. 8. The city and university would be seeking a single price proposal to provide transit services under a combined contract.

¢ Receive staff report concerning options for locating merged Planning and Development Services Department in Riverfront Mall.

Comments

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

New apartments on 23rd street very close to checkers??

Now that is a smart move considering the heavy traffic flow?

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years ago

merrill,

If we finish the SLT through the Baker/Haskell/Haskell/Baker swamp, it will ease traffic at that intersection (and many others) considerably.

blackwalnut 7 years ago

Realtor after realtor has discouraged me from investing in any kind of rental property because, they say, Lawrence is overbuilt with apartments. The evidence is there: Every year apartments remain empty after September.

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

"Anonymous user

SettingTheRecordStraight (Anonymous) says:

merrill,

If we finish the SLT through the Baker/Haskell/Haskell/Baker swamp, it will ease traffic at that intersection (and many others) considerably."

The myth spread by local developers aka the primary supporters behind this boondoggle.

Sigmund 7 years ago

blackwalnut (Anonymous) says: "Every year apartments remain empty after September."

True enough, but if every single apartment in Lawrence were occupied rents would be considerably higher. Increase in supply with no increase in demand means lower rents (c.f. supply and demand). As long as they are built with private money at risk I would think you would be all for it. How else do you propose making housing in Lawrence "more affordable?"

Feel free to go against your Realtors(tm) advice and invest in rental housing in Lawrence. I'm sure there are dozens of people willing to sell you property today and hundreds of real estate agents willing to take their cut of the transaction. Unless I am seriously mistaken existing home sales are slow, inventories of existing units are high, and it is a buyers market.

monkeyhawk 7 years ago

"Realtor after realtor has discouraged me from investing in any kind of rental property because, they say, Lawrence is overbuilt with apartments. The evidence is there: Every year apartments remain empty after September."

I would also discourage you, though I am not a realtor.

Please look very closely at the timing.

Two ordinances passed by the Lawrence City Commission in 2001:

l The first capped at three the number of unrelated roommates allowed in a rental house in an area zoned for single-family dwellings. The limit had been four people.

l The second ordinance created a registration and inspections requirement for landlords of rental properties in areas zoned for single-family housing. (And requires landlords to pay $25 for the honor every year..)

Then, almost immediately, we see approval and construction of numerous apartment complexes (mostly First Management), all completely exempt from registration, fees and city inspection intrusion.

One could guess that the goal was to rid the city of rentals, while, at the same time, line the pockets of you-know-who (former city commissioner).

A win-win for everyone except the small business owner.

Sigmund 7 years ago

"Approve reimbursement to Dave Millstein of $25,128.15, or 75 percent of the installation costs of a sprinkler system at 803 Mass. (Casbah), pursuant to the 2007 Downtown Fire Sprinkler Incentive Program."

Congratulations to Dave Millstein this weeks winner of the corporate welfare and fire sprinkler giveaway! To bad we don't have enough money to maintain our streets. Add The Casbah to the ever increasing list of businesses in Downtwon Lawrence where I won't be doing any shopping, Christmas or otherwise. You and your buddies on the Commission can force me to pay for your sprinklers, but you won't get another dime out of me.

monkeyhawk 7 years ago

"I'd like to see the exception for those buildings. Can you provide it?"

It should be clear to you.

..."the number of unrelated roommates allowed in a rental house in an area zoned for single-family dwellings."

None of the apartment buildings are in the above mentioned zoning.

And it is too bad that the city is missing a golden opportunity to collect from those landlords as well.

lunacydetector 7 years ago

i thought merrill was in favor of people not having a backyard, no? apartments should be at the top of his list - the 'must have more of in a community.' the bigger the better, right? within walking distance to stores and restaurants - what more could you want? these will keep people from driving their cars everywhere, right? isn't this the magic solution for america? congested neighborhoods with people crammed into little rooms? kind of like the boardwalk apartments, right? a smart growth dream come true.

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Don't forget: "7 December 2007 at 7:55 a.m. merrill (Anonymous) says: Power outages aka forced conservation are good for the environment."

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