Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
A proposed retail corridor near 188th and South Gardner Rd, may include shops and a church.
Gardner city council approved an ordinance April 15 changing the zoning classifications for land slated for a major mixed use development along South Gardner road and 188th street.
The land will be rezoned from C-2 (general business) to ACP-2 (Activity Center Planned General Business) district paving way for the project which the applicant said will include a house of worship, assisted living facilities, offices and restaurants.
Larry Powell, director of business and economic development, told the council that the staff recommendation for the zoning change and approval of the preliminary development plan was predicated on several conditions.
He said that the ordinance will require the developer to use concrete to construct a proposed trail along 188th street and provide a common area agreement or property maintenance agreement for all common areas including for all infrastructure within all access and sidewalk easements.
Other conditions include the approval of a storm water plan and a traffic study prior to approval of the final development plan.
Powell told the council that this is the first request for a rezoning to the recently created Activity Center Planned (AC-P) district.
“This district is intended to provide a balanced mix of regional and community serving uses and amenities near major highway interchanges and along connecting arterial and collector streets,” he said.
The project will be located approximately a quarter of a mile from the I-35/S. Gardner Road Interchange.
According to Powell, Plaza South preliminary development plan provides for nine lots totaling 316,942 square feet of potential retail/service offices, restaurants, assisted/independent living, lodging and large assembly uses.
“This rezoning and development request is consistent with the 1-35 and Gardner Road Interchange Subarea Plan that was adopted as part of the comprehensive plan,” he told the council.
In other business:
The council approved a resolution authorizing the sale of $3,820,000 temporary notes for infrastructure improvements on the Tuscan Farm residential development. Mathew Wollf, finance director, told the council that the city will issue general obligation bonds after the completion of the infrastructure to pay off the temporary notes.
The city also approved $2,020,000 in general obligation bonds for sewerage system improvements. Wollf estimated that the city will pay $255,300 from the wastewater fund annually to service the debt.