City property may be up for sale

rpulley@lsjournal.comNovember 20, 2013 

Lee’s Summit might sell some if its surplus property.

The city has an inventory of about $4.6 million in surplus land and buildings.

Some of it isn’t able to be developed, but other remnants of parcels used for roads or other projects (like the city’s police headquarters) are in good locations.

Others, like Arnold Hall, at 123 SE Third St., soon might be used by the city.

Mayor Randy Rhoads said the city acquires excess property through various activities such as building roads or facilities or uses change.

He said the city’s tight budget and recent inquiries from potential buyers were reasons the city would now propose selling that land.

“There are periods of time when its not on people’s radar, now it might be because the city’s budget is a little tight,” Rhoads said.

City Manager Steve Arbo has projected there will be a $1.7 million deficit in the city’s general fund in the 2014-15 fiscal year, if revenues don’t improve or spending cuts aren’t made.

The City Council at its Nov. 21 meeting is to consider a resolution to sell part of that property.

In a report to the council prepared for the meeting, city staff said that within the past several months two parties had interest in buying 7.5 acres at the southwest corner of Pryor Road and Interstate 470.

That property is a remnant of a larger parcel bought for construction of a eastbound exit ramp for I-470 that was part of construction to serve the SummitWoods shopping center.

The city proposes a minimum of $835,000 for that land, based on a recent appraisal, and would ask for competitive bids. City staff also wants the council to consider selling parcels at:

NE Hamblen Road and U.S. 50 Highway

Scruggs Road, adjacent to an existing flow-holding basin

307 SW Market Street

The council also is to hear a report that night from Hollis+Miller architects on the possibility of using the Arnold Hall site for a downtown outdoor performance space. The council faces a decision of possibly adapting the building for use in conjunction with the performance venue, perhaps for small indoor plays or concerts, or tearing it down, making way for the outdoor venue.

Arnold Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In other business, the council is to consider the appointment of an acting city attorney and that person’s service agreement.

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