The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are taking public comments on the Woodlands project in Kansas City, Kansas.
It was recently announced that The Woodlands, a former horse and dog racing track at 97th and Leavenworth Road, was for sale for future development as a warehouse industrial project. Scannell Properties of Indianapolis applied for a water quality certification.
According to a public notice, as part of that development, a wetlands area on the property would be affected. Public comments about the water quality certification will be accepted until June 18.
The site contains 2.34 acres of emergent wetlands located within the infield of the former track area, according to the public notice.
Fill materials would be placed within the project area to construct the million-plus square foot commercial warehouse facility, parking lots, roads and truck-trailer loading facilities, according to the public notice.
The applicant has stated that avoidance of the wetlands area is not possible, and to minimize potential water quality impacts resulting from the project, the development would incorporate stormwater detention basins along the north and east side of the project area. The stormwater management basins would have its outlet to Bennet Lake, east of the site, according to the public notice.
According to a previous Unified Government news release, the warehouse project would create 1,000 new jobs, and 70 acres between the new warehouse and Wyandotte County Lake would be reserved for green space and public walking trails.
Comments may be made to Brian.T.Donahue@usace.army.mil or write to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City Regulatory Office, 635 Federal Building, 601 East 12th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 64106, by telephone at 816-389-3703. Comments should reference permit application No. NWK-2020-348.
In addition, commenters are asked to furnish a copy of their comments to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Environmental Field Services – – Watershed Management Section, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 430, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1367.