The Olathe City Council on Tuesday voted to increase the price of land it is selling to the developers of the Anderson Pointe Apartments at Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway. However, the council members also agreed to give the developers a larger tax break on the property.
The decisions were reached after a closed-door meeting Tuesday night, during which the council unanimously voted in public to instruct City Attorney Ron Shaver to make the changes in the city’s agreement with Block Real Estate Services.
Block plans to build five four-story apartment buildings on the east side of the property closest to Black Bob Road and 12 two-story townhouses along the west side of the property. The land was the former site of the Indian Creek library branch, which closed permanently after a water-main break in March 2016.
The council voted 5-1 in November to approve the development.
Under the agreement reached Tuesday, the city will increase the price of the land by $300,00 for a new total of $1.925 million, Shaver said.
The increase will cover the city’s expenses in helping broadband company Google move a technology hub from the property.
In addition, the city agreed to expand the tax abatement it had already approved for the project. Originally, the developers would not pay any property tax on the project for the first five and a half years. Now, the tax-free period is nine years.
Shaver said the increase was necessary because of extensive demolition work and difficult site conditions that neither side anticipated.
The city still expects to close the sale later this year, Shaver said.
In other business, resident James Griffith chastised the council for not doing more to help preserve the Hubbard House, a 19th century home at 301 S. Parker St. that was demolished last month to make way for a 208-unit apartment complex and commercial area.
Griffith acknowledged that citizens like himself didn’t really get involved in attempting the save or move the structure until the last minute, but he said the council likely knew builders, developers and others in the community who could have helped save the building.
“I don’t think it was a priority and that’s why it didn’t happen and all of that possibility is now lost,” he said, later adding, “Next time someone comes to you wanting to tear down a piece of the past, think about this.”
Griffith asked the council to do a better job the next time a historic structure in endangered.
Aimee Nassif, the city’s chief planning and development officer, responded that her department worked hard to find a new location for the house but couldn’t. She noted that the project’s developer is required to celebrate the legacy of the house and property by posting storyboards and artifacts from the home in the apartment complex’s clubhouse.
Finally, Mayor Michael Copeland said the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund campaign this year raised $151,433 for Olathe charities, matched by $27,073 raised by Olathe schools in the “Pennies for Shoes” program. The funds are distributed by an appointed board.
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