Firm reconsidering plans for sand pit near Linwood
A Lawrence company is looking at land south of Linwood, where it hopes to develop a sand and gravel pit.
"We're looking at some of the details of the floodway versus the floodplain, and also the deposit itself," said Bill Penny of Penny Concrete Co.
The company wants to remove sand and gravel on a 250-acre site directly south of Linwood at 11400 189th St.
Penny is concerned about the type of sand on the land.
"It looks like there's mostly fine sand down there," Penny said.
Because the company produces mainly concrete and asphalt, it requires a coarser grade of sand.
Also, about one-third of the land is in the floodway, which would limit its use as a commercial operation.
"When you get in the floodway, you're in an area that restricts a great deal what you can do," Penny said. "We're real concerned with those issues."
The company had filed a request with the county for a special use permit for the sand and gravel pit. That request has been withdrawn, at least temporarily. It's possible, Penney said, that the company may abandon its plans entirely.
"That is definitely a possibility," he said. "But we don't want to give up on anything that might work for us."
Penny has an option to purchase the property from Roger and Sue Pine, contingent on obtaining a special use permit.
The site is across the street from a site where Kaw Valley Sand and Gravel, a Kansas City, Kan., firm, plans a similar sand-removal operation. Kaw Valley has not begun work on its 160-acre tract, which is being farmed.