Archive for Monday, October 24, 2011

City to vacate some right-of-way at SM Parkway and Pflumm

October 24, 2011, 9:21 p.m.

Updated: October 26, 2011, 12:00 a.m.

The Shawnee City Council on Monday approved ceding two slivers of land at the northwest corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm Road to the area’s developer.

The land is excess city right-of-way that, if vacated, would allow the property to be better developed in a manner that improves access and public safety, city engineer Doug Wesselschmidt said.

The right-of-way tracts are west of Pflumm, with one directly north of the parkway and one directly south of 63rd Street. A BP gas station is located between them.

Wesselschmidt said that even if Shawnee Mission Parkway were widened to five lanes, there would still be enough right-of-way left even without the land in question.

Brian Beaver presented the petition on behalf of Carter Acquisition LLC.

In other business, the Council:

• Approved a special event permit for the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City’s upcoming Diwali — or Festival of Lights — from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

The temple is located at 6330 Lackman Road. In addition to activities at the temple, a professional fireworks display is planned at nearby Swarner Park, 63rd Street and Lackman Road.

• Approved a contract for the city of Shawnee to provide building inspection and plan review services for Lake Quivira. The cost is $55 per hour plus a $25 trip fee.

A condensed version of this story appears in the Oct. 26, 2011, print edition of The Dispatch

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