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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Housing delayed due to drainage issues

  • Two developments that would add more than 100 new housing units in McPherson are on hold until details can be worked out regarding drainage.
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  • Two developments that would add more than 100 new housing units in McPherson are on hold until details can be worked out regarding drainage.
    Both developments — Prairie Pointe and Terra Nova Apartments — would be located in the Barnstormer Addition south of Avenue A.
    Both developments also plan to utilize the city’s new Rural Housing Incentive District, which allows new property taxes generated by the developments to pay for the developments’ infrastructure improvements.
    Prairie Pointe is a joint project between Prairie Fire  developers of Overland Park and the McPherson Housing Coalition. Tax credits will be used to help fund the $6 million project, which will have 45 low-income units. The units will be duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes.
    Terra Nova is being developed by Ross Vogel’s Paul Properties Terra Nova LLC. This project includes four 16-plex market-price apartments. The development will have a pool, clubhouse and some covered parking.
    City officials have found significant issues concerning drainage that need to be resolved on both projects  before they can go forward.
    The planned unit development public hearing for Prairie Pointe was continued until 7 p.m. June 18, when the commission will conduct a special meeting to reconsider the case.
    Terra Nova’s site plan was approved pending the resolution of the drainage issues.
    Of further concern to the planning commission, city officials and fire and police officials is the traffic flow for the two developments.
    At present, only one entrance/exit to the developments is planned, and that would be at Stearman and Avenue A.
    Police Chief Rob McClarty at a recent city commission study session said he was concerned a single entrance would be a safety concern.
    He said if an accident occurred at the intersection, it could trap people in the addition for a half hour or more. This could be special concern if the intersection was blocked during a time when people were trying to leave for work.
    One option would be to build Calvary Street as a gravel road to give emergency vehicles another access point.
    However, Mayor Tom Brown said he thinks the road needs to be fully developed and paved now.
    Calvary Baptist Church is on the other side of Calvary Street from the proposed developments and would be responsible for half of the assessments of a new road.
    However, Brown expressed concern the church did not have the funds to pay for its share of the road improvements.
    Tom Stinemetze, McPherson Zoning administrator, said all parties involved agree Calvary Street needs to built, but the project will be expensive and no one knows who is going to pay for it.
    Shooting range
    Page 2 of 2 - The planning commission Tuesday also approved a site plan for an new shooting range at Treasure Chest Gun Shop, 1100 W. Kansas Ave.
    The 5,075-square-foot addition to the gun shop will include storage and a six-lane shooting range.
    Representatives of the ReUse It Center, which is to the east of the gun shop, expressed some concerns about parking and drainage.
    Once the Gun Shop resolves some drainage issues and other small issues with its site plan, it will be able to apply for a building permit and begin construction.
    Steve Sechler, owner, said he hopes to begin construction on the range this fall.
    Officers
    The commission Tuesday also elected 2014-15 officers. Donna Lehner was reelected as chairwoman, Duane Kleinsorge was reelected as vice chairman and Roger Wofford was elected as secretary.
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