LS Council planning to vote on tax abatement for John Knox

rpulley@lsjournal.comAugust 5, 2014 

The Lee’s Summit City Council is to vote Thursday on tax abatement for ongoing renovations of John Knox Village.

The abatements are part of an agreement reached in 2004 between the city and John Knox Village for redevelopment of apartment buildings at the retirement community. As improvements to the buildings are completed, property taxes are to be frozen at the new value of the building for the first 10 years after construction is finished.

The council also is to vote on whether to start condemnation proceedings to build a sidewalk on the south side of the Summit East Plaza apartment buildings, filling a gap between Independence Avenue and Missouri 291.

The apartment complex’s owner contends the city’s plan does not include a safety rail for the steep hillside next to the walk, putting the apartments and city at risk of lawsuits, and says the timing for the pedestrian crossing at Missouri 291 is too short for safe crossing.

The Aug. 7 agenda also includes presentations of annual awards for landscaping.

The council also is expected to:

• Award a $972,758 contract to Gunter Construction Company for signal and road improvements for Colbern Road and Town Centre Boulevard.

• Amend ordinances to allow prosecution for scavenging from residents’ and businesses’ trash and for credit card fraud.

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