Industrial park proposed
Four-building park would be located on south Lexington
In a move that could help address De Soto's limited tax base, a Leawood developer is proposing a four-building industrial park on Lexington Avenue south of Kansas Highway 10.
The proposed Sunflower Tech Center is scheduled Tuesday to go before the De Soto Planning Commission. It would be built on 3.2-acre site owned by John Mabry just south of Prospector's Point Apartments, which is already zoned for light industrial uses.
The design architect, Jim Lichty of Archetype Design Group Inc., said the center would have four buildings of 10,000, 8,000, 6,400 and 4,200 square feet, designed for office and light-industrial applications such as warehouses.
"At least two real estate brokers have told of an expressed demand for buildings of this size," he said. "I think the driving force here is K-10 and its access to Kansas City and Lawrence.
"We think there is a lot of interest out there for quality development in a planned architectural environment."
A building elevation provided with the preliminary plat depicts a Quonset-type roofline with a faÃ§ade of masonry and glass that were positively reviewed by the De Soto site plan review committee. The buildings are divided, with a warehouse half served by overhead doors.
The buildings would be phased in, Lichty said, with the largest building proposed constructed first at the rear of the site. The needed infrastructure would be installed with the first building's construction, he said.
Each building could house two businesses, Lichty said. But occupancy levels and ownership (buyers or lease arrangements) would be determined by tenants.
The most problematic of the center's infrastructure needs was sanitary sewers, City Planning Coordinator Kim Gordanier said. A sewer line does connect to Countryside Educational Center, but City Engineer Mike Brungardt was recommending it not serve any more customers. That means a septic system and the need for site surveys to assure the center can adequately be served by such a system.