Danedri Thompson
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Edgerton is still on Demdaco’s list, according to city officials. Demdaco, a figurine importer, announced its plans to lease or build a new warehouse somewhere in the Kansas City metro area more than five months ago.

But they’re still window shopping, David Dillner, city administrator, said.
Specifically, the Allen Group is wooing Demdaco to build a warehouse on the northeast corner of the intermodal property along Waverly Road near U.S. 56 Highway.

Dillner said the importing company has yet to issue word on its decision.

“They just haven’t made an announcement yet,” Dillner said.

City officials are moving forward as if a warehouse will be built, however. This summer Edgerton rezoned approximately 16 acres within the intermodal property from agricultural zoning to business logistics zoning. Council members also reviewed a host of zoning regulations related to the Allen Group’s rezoning request last summer.

Recently, the city identified more than $800,000 in County Assistance Road System (CARS) funding to be used for improvements to Waverly Road should Demdaco select an Edgerton site.

Dillner said if Demdaco decides not to use an Edgerton location, the funds will not be used for Waverly.

“If there’s no building that’s going to be put there, there’s not a reason to improve Waverly Road,” he said.

Additionally, Edgerton officials have hammered out agreements to have Johnson County’s Planning Department review plans for a possible warehouse and conduct code inspections.

The site’s wastewater needs will temporarily be served with a holding tank. Dillner said sewer infrastructure in that location will happen in the third phase of the city’s wastewater improvement plans. Dillner said the holding tank would likely serve a Demdaco warehouse through 2017.

As they await Demdaco’s decision, Edgerton city officials are also waiting for BNSF to issue its notice to proceed. In order to secure $35 million worth of state incentives, the railroad company must issue its notice by the end of the 2010 calendar year. With less than two months remaining, Dillner said the notice should be issued any day now.

“I am anticipating that to come in anywhere between tomorrow and Dec. 31,” Dillner said.

The notice will allow BNSF’s contractor on the intermodal project to begin construction, but that doesn’t mean the city will need to take any immediate action once that occurs.

“BNSF could issue it right now and it really wouldn’t do anything,” Dillner said.

City official work on the project won’t really get underway until BNSF makes a $1.8 million contribution to the city towards the project.

“If they don’t make their contribution until March, we don’t have to do anything until March,” Dillner said.