Archive for Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Basehor council considers plan to renovate building

February 27, 2002

It appears a Basehor building may rise from the flames left by a fire that destroyed it nine months ago.

During last week's Basehor City Council meeting, city officials listened to a presentation from Dan Foy, who wants to revitalize the building that formerly housed the Cabinet Shop of Basehor.

It appears city officials were swayed by the idea of revitalizing the nearly century old building.

"I think we should work with the owners and the possible future owners and make a feasible attempt to make the property work," said Joe Scherer, city council president.

"I think they are solving a problem," City Council member Burl Gratny said. "I think we ought to work with them and get that going."

During his presentation, Foy said he planned to renovate the building, partially for storage for his business, Construction Services. The rest would be used for retail space, he said.

Although the plan was well received, to approve the project city officials would have to grant parking variances.

Without the variances, Foy said it would be impossible for him to rebuild.

"It's pretty much dead in the water without the variances," he said.

After the presentation, the city council agreed to delay demolition of the building so it could further negotiate with Foy and the current owners of the building.

The building's owners and Basehor city officials had previously agreed to tear down the building.

Under the agreement, the owners would pay for part of the demolition and the city would pay the rest. When the property was sold, the city would be reimbursed for funds lost.

If the property is sold to Foy, the city would save approximately $10,000, said Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator.

"If it's sold, the city wouldn't lose any money," he said.

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