A proposed Price Chopper at U.S. 50 and Todd George Road is back, but this time developers cut their subsidy request by a little more than $1.1 million.
The revised proposal is to be considered by the council April 4.
The project was sidelined on March 7 when Mayor Randy Rhoads voted no in a tie-breaker on whether to have a second reading of the ordinance amending the tax-increment financing district where the Price Chopper would be built.
The proposed grocery development, which includes site for other stores as well, would be in the East 50 Highway Corridor Tax-Increment Financing Redevelopment Plan. The council is to decide whether to amend the TIF district giving subsidies to the development at the northwest corner of U.S. 50 and Todd George Parkway. That TIF district includes Lee’s Summit Medical Center and other undeveloped areas and is intended to finance highway improvements and outer roads at Todd George Parkway and Blackwell Road. There also will be a hearing on a community improvement district that will have a half-cent sales tax in the development as part of the financial package for the Price Chopper project.
Because there wasn’t a second reading and then a vote March 7, the proposal wasn’t formally rejected and West Star Co. was able to bring back a revised proposal, said City Manager Steve Arbo.
Some council members had balked at a $5 million reimbursement, particularly because of some costs were for expenses normally paid by a developer, such as parking lots, lighting, water and sewer mains on site. Now West Star Co. is proposing to assume some of those costs entirely and dropped it’s request for reimbursement for parking, lights and landscaping from $681,9000 to $75,000.
“I think it has a lot better chance,” Rhoads said. “I haven’t taken their pulse (the council) but this is probably more palatable.”
The council also is to consider a cost-share agreement for the Blackwell Road interchange, a project estimated at about $21 million, with the Missouri Department of Transportation planning to pick up about 50 percent of the cost.
Design is nearly complete and the state is ready to begin right-of-way acquisition by the MoDOT, it the City Council accepts the agreement.
That diamond interchange, coupled with round-a-bouts, has opposition by residents of the Canterbury subdivision.
Blackwell Road now dead ends at Shenandoah Drive.
They contend that cutting Blackwell through to the highway and adding an interchange will encourage more traffic on a street they say is already busy and dangerous.
Linda Koch Marshall, president of the Canterbury Home Owner’s Association, said there have been five accidents on the route in 2012. Speed data collected by the city in May 2007 showed 11,148 vehicles going through their neighborhood in a five day period, and in July that year 9,000 cars in a comparable period.
She said the interchange could be built at Milton Thompson and Smart roads where there are high number of dangerous crashes on the highway.
“Why not push it down to Smart Road?” Marshall said.