First State preparing to develop 11 acres
A local bank is moving forward with plans for commercial development along U.S. Highway 24-40.
First State Bank and Trust has filed a request with the city of Tonganoxie to divide about 11 acres into building lots. The property has access to both the highway and Laming Road, according to Bill New, chairman of the bank. The city's planning commission has set no date to act on the request for platting the land, according to Linda Zacher, city planner.
New said he envisions a professional office park that also would include some commercial developments. He believes a need exists in Tonganoxie for such property.
"We certainly think there is," he said. "We've had people express an interest."
But New said the bank has no commitments from any businesses to move into the new development.
"We would entertain anyone who would seriously approach us," he said. "There are a lot of various people who have casually expressed interest over the years. We have that property there. It needs to be developed. It doesn't mean we have to cover it with buildings immediately."
New said the goal is the make the property, which includes eight lots, attractive to other businesses. "We just want to be ready," he said.
The subdivision appropriately is called Sunflower Plains. The land now is planted in sunflowers.
"It's the sunflower ground," New said.