Archive for Thursday, January 11, 2007

LMH eager to start expansion

January 11, 2007

Despite difficulties caused by the lack of infrastructure, representatives from Lawrence Memorial Hospital are pushing ahead with a planned medical office building in Eudora.

The Eudora Planning Commission will open a public hearing Feb. 7 to rezone the site's proposed location south of Kansas Highway 10 from single family residential zoning to commercial zoning.

The commission heard the request and received an update of the project at the Jan. 3 meeting.

"The reason we brought it to you was because the applicant was seeking some assurance that their application for zoning was in conformance with our comprehensive plan," said Scott Michie, city planning consultant from Bucher, Willis and Ratliff.

The building will be built in a triangular piece of land on the southeast corner of the intersection of Church Street and K-10.

"In short, our staff identified that their application meets your plan, and we will be recommending approval of zoning next month," Michie said. "As you also know under regulation of any commercial zoning, they will need to bring a concept site plan with it.

Although the zoning fits Eudora's comprehensive plan, the commission should consider the eventual use of White Dog Road near the proposed project, Michie said.

Michie said he met with representatives from LMH to discuss the issue.

"They are taking those future plans of a future street into consideration," Michie said.

Several developments, including Fairfield Addition and Meadowlark VI, are planned near the area.

"This is in effect the first piece of the puzzle put in place to implement a future major thoroughfare street that will serve the future growth area," Michie said.

The actual improvements to the street could be tricky, Planning Commission Chairman Kurt von Achen said.

"There are some real ownership problems around the corner," von Achen said.

"They are very enthusiastic about getting a medical office building in place," Andy Ramirez, legal counselor for LMH, said.

His clients are already asking how soon they could break ground, Ramirez said.

"I can assure you they want to get this accomplished. The impediments have been the sewer and the road," Marris said.

Representatives from LMH will return to the commission at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Eudora City Hall, 4 East Seventh St., with a conceptual site plan to officially request the zoning.

"We'll look for a big dog and pony show next month," von Achen said.

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