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Lee’s Summit OK’s downtown dental office

Updated: 2013-10-05T04:20:37Z

By RUSS PULLEY

Special to The Star

A plan to redevelop the southwest corner of Third and Market streets in downtown Lee’s Summit is going forward despite opposition from a downtown organization.

The City Council voted 6 to 1 Thursday to accept the site plan and architecture for a proposed clinic for orthodontist Craig Grider. Council member Kathy Hofmann voted no and Dave Mosby was absent.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main St. Inc. opposed Grider’s plan, saying the architecture and placement of a 3,000-square-foot building on the lot didn’t conform to the recently adopted downtown standards.

Grider also is seeking tax abatement for the project and that request is scheduled for a hearing Thursday.

Downtown Main Street contends that because Grider’s project is the first under the new standards, the city should enforce strict adherence.

Grider intends to tear down a long-vacant gas station at the rear of the lot. He plans to replace it with a clinic a few feet off the property line of Third Street, with parking behind.

The downtown standards call for the building to be on the front property line.

However, the site is in a transition area between 1900-vintage buildings and newer structures so the slight setback fits, said Linda Tyrrel, deputy director of planning and development.

She said city staff supports Grider’s plan because it fulfills the major components of the design standards. It will be brick masonry on all sides. The council can legally allow some variations, she said.

After negative comments at Planning Commission, Grider did make the windows more symmetrical.

“We made a pretty strong effort to meet the design standards,” Grider said. “We made strong effort to revitalize this location.”

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