By Mallory Ragon
The Lee’s Summit Planning Commission has recommended council approval of the St. Michael the Archangel High School development plan. At their August 26 meeting they voted to send the Catholic school project to the city council for their consideration.
The school will be located at 2901 NE Lee’s Summit Road and will ultimately have a capacity of 750 students. The first phase will serve 550 students. The development plan was designed and presented by Hollis + Miller Architects, a Lee’s Summit and Overland Park firm.
City staff also recommended approval of the project, subject to a series of conditions, including landscape and lighting requirements of the unified development ordinance (UDO) and the public sanitary sewer. The recommendation from the commission is the first in a long list of steps in the project.
Among the challenges facing the project is access to sanitary sewers, as the public sewer is located about 3,300 lineal feet off-site. Developers plan to create a public line that would serve both the school and future development in the area. In addition there are some complications, including with the right of way on Lee’s Summit Road, since part of the property is within Lee’s Summit city limits and part within Kansas City, Missouri.
The project will also need to readdress the realignment of Strother Road, which currently borders the north edge of the 80-acre property, but will be moved farther north, leaving a gap in access. The Strother Road project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2015, which is one of several timelines the developers are trying to coordinate. Unlike a typical development plan, as in a retail or dining project, the final opening of a school cannot simply be pushed 30 or 60 days.