Archive for Thursday, February 1, 2007

Developer finally free to start west-side De Soto subdivision

February 1, 2007

After three years, De Soto developer Nate Harding has received the city's blessing to move ahead with his 32-home Brook West development.

The development in west De Soto hit a snag with a De Soto Planning Commission stipulation that Primrose Drive be extended 690 feet from its current dead end in the Cedar Ridge West subdivision to Timber Lakes.

Planning commissioners concluded that without the extension, the subdivision would put too much traffic on Timber Creek Drive, which provides the only access from 87th Street for those living in the Timber Creek and Timber Lakes subdivisions.

That property is owned by Joann Thompson. Harding and the city's earlier attempts to broker an agreement to extend the street through a future benefit district failed to get her approval despite the fact Thompson's proposed 62-home Cherokee West subdivision shared the stipulation to complete the extension.

Six months ago, Harding again appealed for the De Soto City Council's help in resolving the issue.

This time, City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle found Thompson and her son receptive to completing an agreement. In negotiations, the council agreed to include Cherokee West subdivision's side streets and below ground improvements in a future benefit district. The improvements will be paid for through annual assessments to home lots in the district and does not put the city at risk.

Guilfoyle said the Thompsons have ceded the deed to the Primrose extension to the city and now plan to bring the site plan for their subdivision to the planning commission in April. If that isn't done, the agreement allows the city to still proceed with the creation of a benefit district, Guilfoyle said.

The lifting of the stipulation ended three years of frustration in which Harding resisted thoughts of selling the property to other developers.

"I can't say I wasn't tempted," he said. "I like De Soto, like the area and like bringing this type of development to town."

He would start earthwork for street and sewer improvements in the late spring and the first homes could be started in the late summer, Harding said.

The homes will cost from $250,000 to $400,000 and will be both speculative and custom homes, Harding said. Lots would be made available to other builders, he said.

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