Archive for Tuesday, February 19, 2013

County to vote on financing agreement for industrial park

February 19, 2013


Douglas County commissioners will consider a contract with the city of Lawrence that provides financing to build roads and other infrastructure for a new industrial park.

County commissioners meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St.

The site is at the former Farmland Industries chemical plant in eastern Lawrence on Kansas Highway 10. The city took possession of the property in September 2010 and has since platted the property and divided it into lots. Virtually all of the lots are owned by either the city or the county.

The financing agreement calls for the city to pay for the infrastructure and recoup those costs through special assessments levied on the lots. The assessments are based on the size of lots.

The total cost of all the infrastructure improvements is estimated at $9.58 million.

The county, however, would not have to pay its assessments until the lots are sold. Furthermore, if both the city and county agree, assessments could be waived on individual lots as a condition of the sale.

In other business, the commission will:

• Consider approving 1.5 percent merit pay increases for elected county officials and the county administrator.

• Vote on a proposed conditional use permit for the Baker Wetlands Visitor Center Complex, 1365 N. 1250 Rd.

• Consider revisions to the county's road classification map.


irvan moore 5 years, 3 months ago

when you say virtually all the lots are owned by the city and county does that mean someone else owns some of the lots or that the city and county own all the lots

Peter Hancock 5 years, 3 months ago

The list of parcels and their owners is included in the agenda packet. Out of more than two dozen parcels of various sizes,there is a single 1-acre parcel used for an ATT tower; one other small parcel, 3.2 acres, owned by Westar Energy. Most of the rest is owned by the city, but a few are owned by the county.

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