Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night cleared the way for anything from a convenience store to a daycare to develop near the entrance of the East Hills Business Park.
Commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning request for about 5 acres of property immediately west of the main Kansas Highway 10 entrance for the East Hills Business Park.
The new limited industrial zoning designation will still allow several types of industrial uses, but it also will allow uses such as a convenience store, a fast-food restaurant, a daycare business or other similar service-related businesses.
Longtime Lawrence businessman Steve Glass is part of the ownership group for the property. He said the group has no plans to develop the property but likely will try to sell it to a group interested in providing services to the East Hills Business Park and former Farmland Industries site that is adjacent to East Hills.
Glass and his partners have owned the property for about 25 years. It has been difficult to develop with a traditional industrial use because of the small size of the property and its steep topography, he said.