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Construction ahead

Residents to pay for 28th Street improvements

November 20, 2003

Despite some confusion, Eudora City Council minutes from the summer of 2000 show that the city is allowed to pursue a benefit district to improve 28th Street near the Shadow Ridge neighborhood. City Administrator Mike Yanez said there had been a question about whether affected homeowners were aware of a potential benefit district.
He said real estate agents had a section covering the issue in the lot contract. Realtor and developer John McGrew said it was also part of the sales disclosure.
"I would hope the builders passed it on," McGrew said.
Council member Tom Pyle said he was concerned that an agreement not to protest a benefit district was signed by the developer, but what about residents taking issue with the idea?
"I don't want to be part of something that's detrimental to people out there buying lots," Pyle said. "I don't want to hurt the developers or the investors."
Residents will have a chance to speak out during a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.
The benefit district won't include city money. Instead, road improvements will be paid for by Shadow Ridge phases I through IV. Council member Dan Gregg said homeowners would be paying for the improvements, whether they paid for them with the purchase of their home or whether they paid for them now.
"Either way, it's going to be tacked on," Gregg said.
However, the argument was made that if the cost had been included in the original price, then homeowners would have 20 to 30 years to pay off the improvements rather than the 10-year standard debt retirement for benefit districts.
City engineers suggest widening the road, adding curbing and asphalt, as well as stormwater infrastructure at an about $1.2 million cost. Construction could be expected to begin in May 2004.
City engineers and developers disagree as to how property should be assessed for the roadwork. City engineers recommend assessing the square footage of each lot, which would cost about $2,400 to $10,000, depending on lot size. Strubel said Landplan engineers wanted to take the front footage of all property facing 28th Street and project back on a square-footage basis. Doing so, Strubel said, would give priority to people who had been in the neighborhood the longest.
Because the benefit district is underway, the Commission agreed to allow building permits for a new phase contingent upon completion of a punch list. Occupancy permits, however, would wait to be considered until February.

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