APRIL 2, 2007SHAWNEE PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTESPAGE 10
7.The rezoning should have little detrimental effect upon surrounding properties. The development plan provides a 17-foot wide alleyway behind the rear of the proposed building and will also provide a solid privacy fence to screen the rear of the structure from adjacent properties to the west. The newly constructed building will assist in blocking the view of adjacent Capitol Federal parking lot and Vita Craft shipping areas. Removal of the vacant single-family home and block storage building from the property and replacement with new condominiums should enhance surrounding property values. Construction of the condominium project will have lesser (or equal) impact than would have occurred if the earlier proposed Vita Craft parking expansion had been carried out.
8.Denial of the rezoning request would not appear to benefit the public. Combining this property with the existing Townsquare property located to the south creates a development parcel that is large enough to accomplish something of significance. Neither site is large enough on its own for a signature development. Construction of this development proposal will advance the City’s goal of increased investment in the downtown area, and enhancement of daytime population in and around the pedestrian zone.
SITE PLAN REVIEW
1.The overall site is located on the west side of Barton Avenue between 57th Street and 57th Terrace. The property was platted as part of the Original Town of Shawnee. The eight lots are roughly 22 feet wide and 120 feet deep, and are bisected by a 14-foot wide unimproved alley easement. The applicant will request a vacation by the Governing Body for this east/west alleyway.
2. The applicant requests site plan approval to construct a new 25,817 square foot condominium building with commercial space on the ground floor and residential space on the upper floors. After completion, the building will have six (6) residential lofts totaling 13,484 square feet, six (6) residential garages totaling 1,911 square feet, and 9,824 square feet of office/retail space. The building will also have 598 square feet of common residential hallway area.
3.All bulk requirements have been met. The property is located in the downtown redevelopment area, but is not located within the downtown pedestrian zone. The development concept is to create a pedestrian-friendly development similar to what has recently occurred along the north and south sides of Johnson Drive. This concept includes placement of the structure adjacent to the right-of-way line for Barton, with sidewalk connections to the public walkway at storefront entry locations. The Planning Commission has the discretion to approve this type of front building setback location in the TSQ district. A minimum 20-foot setback