Allen Group submits request for re-zoning
The Allen Group of Kansas City has submitted a request to the city of Edgerton to rezone land on which the proposed intermodal facility would be constructed.
The request would rezone from agricultural to business land located 1,450 feet south of U.S. 56 on Waverly Road, according to an announcement made by City Administrator David Dillner.  Accompanying the request is a site plan for a 312,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center. City of Edgerton staff and the Johnson County Planning Department are reviewing the request and proposed site plan.

School lawsuit moving forward
Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF) is moving forward with its plans to sue the state legislature. The lobbying group comprised of Kansas school districts filed a “notice of claims” with the Kansas Senate and Kansas House of Representatives June 18. The Gardner Edgerton School District is one of the organization’s 72 member districts.
SFFF successfully sued the state for additional school funding in 2005, and now Kansas law requires that those wishing to sue the state must file a notice of claims at least 120 days before a new lawsuit can commence.

The Little River Band performed in Gardner during the Festival on the Trails. The festival moved from the fall to June in 2010. Publicity photo courtesy of Little River Band

Edgerton shopped for potential warehouse
Demdaco may be just window shopping in Edgerton, but Edgerton officials are moving forward as if the company will be making a purchase.
Demdaco, a Leawood-based importer of figurines and collectibles, is shopping for a location for a 312,000 square foot distribution center and warehouse. Edgerton officials are making plans as if a location within the intermodal property will be its eventual home.
David Dillner, Edgerton City Administrator, said the Allen Group and the city would like to have everything in place just in case an Edgerton location is selected by the company.
“We’re being considered as a potential location, and what (The Allen Group) wanted to do was move forward to rezone a portion of the BNSF property,” Dillner said. “That would allow them to be in a position to move forward. There is no tenant yet, but we’re moving forward with the idea that there is.”

Edgerton approves $500 million in IRBs for intermodal
A resolution of intent to issue industrial revenue bonds totaling $500 million for the construction of facilities related to the intermodal breezed through the Edgerton City Council on July 8.
It took council members only minutes to make the $500 million decision.