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Olathe council nixes temporary office expansion

Special to The Olathe News

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A growing Olathe company was denied temporary expansion at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

Air Associates, located at the Johnson County Executive Airport, was hoping to use a modular building — which would have been constructed of plywood siding and metal ribbed roof panels — for additional office space for two years. A spokesperson for the company said business was picking up and the current office building could not handle the growing staff.

The Planning Commission had rejected the company’s request on May 14 and Air Associates asked the council to reconsider the issue.

Councilman John Bacon said he voted against the appeal because he didn’t see plans for a permanent solution.

“In a situation like this one, two years goes by pretty quick,” he said. “I don’t see anything in the works that will eliminate this issue in the next two years.”

Other council members didn’t feel comfortable approving a temporary structure for a business. Typically, modular buildings are only allowed in residential areas, or for churches or schools that are planning future permanent expansions.

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