Land Bank items, sidewalk discussion on UG committee agenda tonight

An update on the sidewalk and trails master plan, an update on Land Bank policy and several Land Bank applications are on the agenda for the 5 p.m. Unified Government Neighborhood and Community Development Committee meeting.

The meeting will be held on the fifth floor, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

After an update on the implementation of the sidewalk and trails master plan, the topic will move on to an update on Land Bank policy.

Several Land Bank property applications are listed on the agenda, including:
• 858 N. 52nd St., yard extension
• 3137 Georgia Ave., yard extension
• 144R Tiblow Lane, yard extension
• 2050 N. Thompson St., yard extension
• 2054 N. Thompson St., yard extension
• 3021 N. 11th St., yard extension
• 828 Bunker Ave., yard extension
• 815 Parallel Ave., yard extension
• 1506 Richmond Ave., yard extension
• 2621 N. 61st St., yard extension
• 5205 Woodend Ave., yard extension
• 1053 Garfield Ave., yard extension
• 331 Troup Ave., yard extension
• 945 Tenny Ave., yard extension
• 1835 N. 12th St., yard extension
• 1731 N. 24th St., yard extension
• 1423 Walker Ave., yard extension
• 1513 Greeley Ave., yard extension
• 1735 N. 24th St., property acquisition
• 1425 Walker Ave., property acquisition
• 1511 Greeley Ave., property acquisition
• 1522 Greeley Ave., property acquisition
• 1526 Greeley Ave., property acquisition
• 1909 N. Thompson St., Zion Economic Foundation, property acquisition
• 240 S. Bethany St., property acquisition
• 3405 N. 30th St., Zion Travelers Missionary Church, property acquisition
• 3413 N. 30th St., Zion Travelers Missionary Church, property acquisition
• 3417 N. 30th St., Zion Travelers Missionary Church, property acquisition
• 3421 N. 30th St., Zion Travelers Missionary Church, property acquisition
• 3425 N. 30th St., Zion Travelers Missionary Church, property acquisition
• 2819 S. 8th St., Construction Services Unlimited, LLC – rehab (Land Bank Rehab Program)
• 631 Freeman Ave., Construction Services Unlimited, LLC – rehab (Land Bank Rehab Program)

In addition, these transfers from the Land Bank are on the agenda:
• 1050 Splitlog Ave., CHWC (This property will be transferred to CHWC for Splitlog Farms)
• 631 Linda Lane, City of Bonner Springs
• 637 Linda Lane, City of Bonner Springs
• 529 Stephen Lane, City of Bonner Springs
• 535 Stephen Lane, City of Bonner Springs
(The city of Bonner Springs is requesting properties for their future multi-use trail system up Spring Creek, according to the agenda. These properties are not developable and are within the 100-year floodplain of Spring Creek.)

Listed as donations to the Land Bank were 341 N. 14th St. from the estate of George Breidenthal; and 13050 Canaan Center Dr. – Canaan Development, Inc. The city of Bonner Springs is requesting that Land Bank take property for vault and hold for the potential continued development of Canaan Center, according to the agenda.

On the 5:30 p.m. March 27 Economic Development and Finance Committee Standing Committee agenda, besides the Indian Springs item, are these other items:

• A report on the 2016 fourth quarter budget and budget revisions.
• A report on the 2017 Comprehensive Fee Schedule.
• A resolution designating eligible financial institutions for investing UG funds.
• A resolution amending the Master Equipment Lease Purchase Agreement with Banc of America Public Capital Corp.
• A discussion of the Summit at Silver City Park, a 34-unit single-family residential development proposed at 2701 Ruby Ave., the former Silver City Park, by Heartland Housing Partners LLC.

The meetings tonight are open to the public.

UG to consider $25 million bond issue for Indian Springs development at tonight’s meeting

The old Indian Springs mall at 47th and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan., was demolished in 2016. (File photo)


A “flex tech” development at the former Indian Springs shopping center is on the agenda for the Unified Government Economic Development and Finance Committee at 5:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall.

An industrial revenue bond issue of $25 million is proposed for the development.

A 26.59-acre business park is proposed at the site, with about 350,000 square feet of “flex-tech” office and light industrial space, according to the UG agenda.

Lane 4 Property Group was in charge of redeveloping the former mall at 47th and State Avenue, which has been razed. The mall site is owned by the UG. A new entity, Axis Point Developers LLC, has been formed by principals of Lane4 and other partners for this project, according to the UG agenda.

Under the proposal, the UG would give the title of the property to the developer for $750,000. The UG would give a 75 percent tax abatement for 10 years for all “flex-tech” buildings through this target area, according to the agenda, which meet investment size and minority participation.

The first building would have more than 160,000 leasable square feet, according to the UG agenda and would be completed within two years of closing. If it didn’t meet the deadline, the net percentage tax abatement on the building would be reduced from 75 percent to 50 percent, according to agenda details.

The developer would agree to construct a minimum of 100,000 additional square feet in order to qualify for additional abatements in the second phase, agenda details stated.

According to UG agenda documents, the project is expected to create 150 temporary construction jobs and 350 full-time equivalent jobs.

During a 10-year period, the revenue received from the new development in lieu of taxes are estimated to be about $1.1 million.

In addition, the project is expected to generate about $1 million in sales taxes over 10 years in the “flex-tech” area, and utility revenue generated is estimated at $205,000.

With these proposed actions, the UG would terminate the Midtown Redevelopment District, issue $25 million in revenue bonds for Axis Point Investors and approve a development purchase agreement.

Earlier, the UG discussed the changes to Indian Springs in a meeting on Jan. 31. During the January meeting, UG officials stated the UG probably had spent $20 million over the years on Indian Springs, including a demolition cost of $2.5 million and a purchase price of $7.5 million, along with expenses for moving tenants. For information on the Jan. 31 meeting, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/ug-changes-direction-on-indian-springs-development/.

The meeting is scheduled to be held on the fifth floor of City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas, after the Neighborhood and Community Development Committee meeting.

National anthem auditions to be Saturday for T-Bones

Want to audition for the national anthem at the T-Bones game?

The T-Bones are holding national anthem and “God Bless America” music tryouts from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. for all bands, choirs, groups, musicians and individual performers interested in auditioning. Performances must be 110 seconds or less in the traditional version of the songs and will be performed without any additional background music.

Before the audition, interested performers must complete a registration form, which can be found at TBonesBaseball.com, or one will be provided at the audition. Applicants are allowed to audition for both songs, but it must be specified on the form, according to a spokesman.

Performers will be given an audition number as they arrive and register at Gate A at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The order of the auditions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Performers must be aware that the auditions will be open to the public and no compensation will occur. Performers should wear respectable and appropriate attire, and be prepared for the weather, as the auditions will be taking place outdoors, according to the spokesman.

The T-Bones open the 2017 regular season at home on May 19 against Lincoln. They have 50 home games scheduled from May 19 to Sept. 4.

For questions about the auditions, contact Morgan Kolenda, the T-Bones’ director of marketing and game entertainment, at mkolenda@tbonesbaseball.com or call 913-328-5641.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones