Archive for Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Commercial developments planned on highway properties in Basehor

Shopping center renovation complete; plans progress on 94-acre tract

December 11, 2002

Basehor's growth along U.S. Highway 24-40 should be considerable in the coming months.

Since the renovation of Basehor Town Square shopping center was completed this fall, prospective tenants and the center's owners have been in negotiations about leasing space. The building is at the northwest corner of the highway and 155th Street.

The center, owned by Dennis and Debbie Breuer, was renovated after being damaged in a fire about a year ago.

The Breuers also are planning the 94-acre Pinehurst Development southwest of the shopping center. Ground should be broken for the development in late February or March. Work also should begin in March for Community National Bank's permanent site on two acres within the development, Debbie Breuer said. The new bank building will be at the southeast corner of 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. Breuer is the Basehor branch president.

Overall, Pinehurst will include 148,000 square feet of business space, which will likely include restaurant chains and a convenience store. A hotel and grocery chain also are possibilities.

"Time will tell," Breuer said. "There won't be any mom-and-pop shops. Just chains unless someone puts a strip mall in."

Nearly 250 apartments, 120 fourplex townhomes, 32 attached homes and 15 zero-lot line homes also will be built on almost 53 acres of residential space. Zero-lot lines require 12 feet of space between houses for fire safety.

The development will be constructed in one stage, and, Breuer said, residential areas should go up the fastest.

As for the current shopping center, a liquor store and Tammy & Co. Salon and Tanning is slated to open in two to three weeks in the center. Mr. Goodcents, a video store, dry cleaners and a cafe are still in negotiations.

"We're getting things finalized," Debbie Breuer said.

The fire that damaged the center just before Christmas 2001 was ruled arson by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. And while Larry Scott, ATF spokesman, said the case remains open, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

The Pinehurst development has been annexed into the city and is awaiting a final plat at a planning and zoning commission meeting Jan. 7. If approved by the commission, the proposal will go before the Basehor City Council on Jan. 20.

Community National Bank's new building will be constructed on a two-acre site. The 15,600-square-foot structure will include two stories and a walk-out basement that can be used for community events, Breuer said.

The bank's temporary headquarters, just south of the Basehor Town Square, opened in early June and can remain there through December 2003, according to city regulations. The bank's mortgage branch, which now is operating from the shopping center, also will move to the permanent bank site.

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