Pharmacy plans under city review
A city advisory committee is grappling with development standards for new construction along U.S. 24-40 Highway.
And Holst Pharmacy's plans to move from downtown Tonganoxie to a site along the highway temporarily are stalled as the committee considers the pharmacy's plans.
The pharmacy has submitted plans that show the entrance to the new store on the northeast corner of the building not on the south side of the building, which faces the highway.
That bothers members of the Site Review Committee, a new panel charged with looking over development plans in Tonganoxie.
"I have concerns about where they're putting the front of the building," said Larry Shepek, planning commission chairman who also is a member of the site review committee. "We need to talk to this guy. It's his money."
The six other committee members attending a meeting last Wednesday agreed, saying they would prefer that the pharmacy's entrance face the highway.
Committee members are concerned that it will appear the rear of the building is facing the highway.
"Eight thousand people a day are going to see it," said Chris Donnelly, another planning commissioner who sits on the committee.
Another meeting on the pharmacy plans is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall. Owner Gary Holst is expected to attend.
Repeated attempts by The Mirror to reach Holst during the past several days have been unsuccessful.
Plans the pharmacy has submitted to the city call for a drive-through window on the west side of the 4,000-square-foot building and a parking lot on the east side of the structure.
The review committee members said they also want to ensure that the site has adequate stormwater drainage, enough lighting for the business and screening around trash containers.