November 6, 2021
The Lee’s Summit City Council met November 2 to discuss these issues.
Educational Theatre Month
Mayor Bill Baird issued a proclamation recognizing November as Educational Theatre Month. The purpose of the observance month is to encourage citizens to attend a performance by one of the theatre programs in our schools. Summit Christian Academy, Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School, Lee’s Summit West High School and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School will all present major productions this fall. Student representatives were present to receive the proclamation.
Summit Place Property
City Council held a public hearing requesting removal of the Summit Place Property from the Summit Fair Community Improvement District (CID) located east of U.S. Highway 50 between Chipman Rd. and Ward Rd. The CID was implemented in 2014 as a partial funding mechanism for Summit Place, a new project that was never constructed. The property owner, Townsend Capital, would like to terminate all incentives on the property, so that a sale of the property could occur. The property to be removed was previously intended to become Summit Place shopping center.
Blackwell Mixed-Use Development
City Council heard a presentation on a conceptual economic development incentive request by the developer, Griffin Riley for the Blackwell mixed-use development project proposed at 2840 Southeast Blue Parkway. The purpose of the presentation is to receive guidance and direction on moving forward with a formal request.
The proposed project would consist of 77 single-family homes, 55+ townhomes, 252 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail. The developer is seeking Chapter 100 sales tax exemption of $1,672,825 on $85,300,000 of construction costs and a tax certainty agreement on the project’s residential portion. The incentives would offset expenses for infrastructure improvements (upsizing offsite sewers, obtaining public easements, improve/control drainage at Mill Creek). Council gave feedback on the conceptual design’s parking, sales tax exemption, infrastructure costs and concerns on the Chapter 100 incentives.
Lee’s Summit Logistics Park
City Council heard a presentation on a conceptual economic development incentive request by the developer, Scannell Properties for the Lee’s Summit Logistics Park, an industrial development proposed at Northeast Tudor and Northwest Main on 79+ acres behind Lee’s Summit Police Headquarters and a retail strip center. The purpose of the presentation is to receive guidance and direction on moving forward with a formal request.
The project would consist of three buildings, Building A at 431,460 square feet, Building B at 113,400 square feet and Building C at 238,140 square feet. The developer is seeking Chapter 100 sales tax exemption on construction materials and real property tax abatement for the industrial project. City Council gave favorable feedback to the developer citing the diversity of the product and the possible job opportunities that would be created by this development.