Archive for Wednesday, April 26, 2000

Drainage problems detected in park

April 26, 2000

Plans for the Cabinet Shop of Basehor's relocation to Tonganoxie have run into a slight snag.

One of two tracts of land that the cabinet shop has purchased in Urban Hess Industrial Park has drainage problems.

But it appears that the Leavenworth County Port Authority, which sold the land to the cabinet shop owners, is willing to solve the problems.

"We were not aware of the drainage problems, so we're going to try to work through those," said Gary Carlson, director of the port authority. "That corner of the industrial park has a natural drainageway that we were not fully aware of. For all intents and purposes, it makes half of Lot Seven somewhat unusable."

The port authority meets today, and Carlson said its members will discuss whether the port authority wants to make improvements to the site or whether the port authority wants to compensate the cabinet shop owners for the portion of the ground they cannot use.

The drainage problems also present complications for a road that the port authority plans to construct in the Urban Hess park, which is along U.S. Highway 24-40 in northeast Tonganoxie. An engineering firm is reviewing the road plans, Carlson said.

Kenneth Lindsley, co-owner of the cabinet shop, said the custom cabinet-making operation still plans a 12,000-square-foot building. In addition, the company's plans call for a smaller, 1,200-square-foot structure to house painting and varnishing operations.

Lindsley said the drainage problems have not affected the company's plans.

"We're still proceeding to look there in Tonganoxie at the Urban Hess park," he said Tuesday. "We are having some discussions about it (the drainage problems), but it's not anything that's not going to get resolved."

He said he is hopeful the company can complete its move to Tonganoxie within a year.

The city's Site Review Committee, which is reviewing the company's plans, is pleased with the design that the cabinet shop has submitted, according to Linda Zacher, city planner.

"The big thing is the stormwater calculations," she said. "There are ways of solving it."

The Site Review Committee also is looking at plans for an addition to Tonganoxie's Christian Church, which is poised to start construction soon on a Family Life and Fellowship Center to the east side of the existing church structure, 204 Washington. The two-story addition would contain about 25,000 square feet, Zacher said.

"What they're going to be doing is going to be a very good addition to the city and to the church," she said. "It's very well thought out and will be compatible to the current architecture and an asset to the neighborhood. They have taken into consideration that they are in a neighborhood."

The addition will accommodate the church's growing needs, both for more Sunday School classroom space; additional room for Genesis School, which the church operates; and an enlarged area for worship, according to the Rev. Ben Saathoff. It also will afford the church the opportunity to open its doors more often to community groups, he said.

A large auditorium-gymnasium will be surrounded on three sides by classrooms, on both levels. A total of 15 classrooms are shown on plans for the addition, Zacher said.

Construction, which Saathoff hopes begins by the end of the year, will come in three phases: the building shell; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning; and, finally, interior finish work.

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