24-40 corridor drives commercial expansion
Plans are progressing albeit slowly for a commercial development along U.S. Highway 24-40 in north Tonganoxie.
Steve Kelly, an Overland Park man who is developing the property near the water tower, says construction in Highland Ridge Business Center is several months off.
"Right now, we're in the process of getting a preliminary plat," said Kelly, who purchased the 29 acres from the Leavenworth County Port Authority earlier this year.
The land previously was part of Urban Hess industrial park.
Rezoning must be secured before any construction can begin on the development, which Kelly has described as "slow track."
So far, Kelly said, he's had some interest in the property, but no commitments.
"I think they're all waiting to see a street," he said. "I thought we had one, and they're just waiting to see a street in there. And I suppose if I were a buyer, I would, too."
Among the types of businesses that Kelly hopes to attract are a convenience store, a motel and possibly a restaurant.
Preliminary plans call for four commercial lots with frontage along the highway.
Some of the other 19 lots would have access to Laming Road, while others could be reached by traveling interior streets in the planned development. The land is west of Stone Creek residential development, and would share a common access road off the highway.