Archive for Monday, January 15, 2018

Letter to the editor: Wrong area

January 15, 2018

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To the editor:

My wife and I are residents of the 50-some single-family home Springwood Heights subdivision, located southeast of the corner of Clinton Parkway and Lawrence Avenue. The historic Stone Barn fire station is located in our neighborhood.

A large, out-of-town college housing company that competes with the developer of the HERE apartments is requesting to build an apartment complex similar in size, 520 bedrooms in two buildings, two to four stories tall, on 9 acres abutting our neighborhood on the corner of Clinton Parkway and Crestline Avenue.

This land is surrounded on three sides by single family, residential town homes and the First Presbyterian Church. A day care center is located in the middle of the property that the apartments will surround. It is currently zoned as a transitional area allowing smaller mixed office and residential use. In order for these apartments to be built, as designed, the developer will require three major changes to the city/county zoning codes:

  1. Amend the comprehensive plan, which states this area should be zoned the way it currently is.
  2. Request that this parcel’s zoning be changed from its current zoning to multifamily zoning.
  3. Designate this area as a Planned Development Overlay District, which would allow the developer to put more apartments in a smaller zoning designation.

These types of massive apartment projects should be reserved for nonsingle-family areas where they don’t overwhelm established homeowners, destroy the habitat and increase noise and traffic congestion.

We ask the Planning and City Commissions to vote no on this project and urge the developers to look for a more appropriate area to build this student housing.

Comments

Louis Kannen 1 month, 1 week ago

"These types of massive apartment projects should be reserved for nonsingle-family areas where they don’t overwhelm established homeowners, destroy the habitat and increase noise and traffic congestion." To say nothing of dramatically lowering the re-sale valuations of the numerous single-family homes in the area...a totally bad idea. If this goes through, you may as well grab your ankles and hold on.

RJ Johnson 1 month, 1 week ago

It is adjacent to the University of Kansas!! What'd ya expect??

Stacy Napier 1 month, 1 week ago

Not to mention Clinton Parkway is a major arterial street. In every other city those streets are always flanked by Businesses. So I guess you should be happy that it just an apartment complex. It could be a quik trip.

Kevin Kelly 1 month, 1 week ago

If it was KU the whole project would be planned and underway before anyone had knowledge of what was happening, then there would be a meeting pretending to listen to your concerns, next they continue to do whatever they please with a City blessing. Good luck in your hood!

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