Archive for Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Work under way on townhomes

March 30, 2005

A piece of land that was the focus of lengthy debates at Tonganoxie City Council meetings last year now is being developed.

Townhomes are being constructed at the northeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-40 and 12th Street in the Eagle Valley subdivision. The land originally was zoned as commercial, but the council last year rezoned the land to residential by a 3-2 vote. Council member Velda Roberts, who lives a few blocks east of the development, strongly opposed the small tract of land being rezoned. She said more housing -- which could have been apartment complexes -- would increase traffic on 12th Street.

But now, the south Tongan-oxie subdivision will have three more townhomes at the corner of 12th and U.S. 24-40.

C and C Builders of Lawrence is constructing the three structures near the intersection. It will provide a total of six living spaces once the project is finished. Jim Christian, owner of the development company, said the housing units should be completed this summer.

"Sometime in August," Christian said. "Middle to late August is where we'll be shooting for."

Christian also developed other townhomes on the south side of 12th Street.

"They'll be three different floor plans," Christian said. "They'll look just like the ones on the south side."

When discussion first started about rezoning the land, C and C suggested apartment complexes on the site. Council members weren't in favor of those structures. But when the company discussed more townhomes, the rezoning passed.

"When they replatted, they replatted to three lots," said Kathy Bard, assistant city administrator.

As for land on the south side of the 12th Street entrance, it will remain undeveloped. Bard said that land has not yet been annexed into the city limits.

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