Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2005

New business center planned on lexington

July 7, 2005

After building and successfully filling Lexington Plaza shopping center at 33255 Lexington Ave., De Soto residents Joe Rawie and Tim Fisher are looking for a repeat performance down the road.

Rawie and Fisher, proprietors of T.J. Development, have submitted a site plan application for a 5,000-square-foot office building behind the former Kill Creek Pub, now the Lexington Center office building, 32565 Lexington Ave.

The planned building, dubbed Lexington Business Center, would include office and retail space, Rawie said. He said he hoped to have the building constructed and spaces rented by November.

Rawie said T.J. Development's success filling Lexington Plaza -- now home to Couch Potato Video, Simple Simon's Pizza, Sophisti-Cuts and Ultimate Image Tanning -- proved the need for new retail buildings in De Soto.

Lexington Business Center's targeted renters are new businesses, Rawie said. He said he didn't want to compete with De Soto's downtown area, but rather help the city's retail base grow.

"I really don't want to take away old business from downtown," Rawie said. "I want to get new businesses in."

City engineer Mike Brungardt said no special-use permit would be needed for the building. The site is zoned for general business, which allows professional offices and retail stores.

The De Soto Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on approval at its July 26 meeting, a step that must precede a building permit.

Brungardt said the proposed office building would share a drive with the existing Lexington Center. Site plan approval will be contingent on proposed improvements to the lot, utilities, off-street parking, landscaping, buffering and aesthetic details, Brungardt said.

Rawie also owns Blacktop Paving in Eudora. However, he has been granted a special-use permit to move the business to De Soto, which he tentatively plans to accomplish by next spring.

Rawie said both Blacktop Paving and the proposed Lexington Business Center would benefit De Soto.

"I think that they both will be good projects for the city," he said. "We need more office and retail space for De Soto."

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