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Olathe OKs some rezoning at College and Lone Elm

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The Olathe City Council scrutinized two major redevelopment projects Tuesday — rezoning some land for a single-family housing area and clearing the way for a residential care facility.

The council partially approved a plan for residential redevelopment proposed for the south side of College Boulevard and the west side of Lone Elm Road.

It agreed to rezone 13.6 acres from a business park to a single-family residential area. Sunnybrook Management Co. LLC plans to build 21 lots averaging 8,400 square feet. Two other parts of the redevelopment were tabled for further study.

Those proposals included rezoning 28 acres of business park land to allow 71 single-family lots, ranging from 8,300 to 9,000 square feet, and 26 other acres of business park land to make way for 94 luxury villas.

Several members of the council said they needed time to consider rezoning a large amount of business park land for residential use.

“I need more time to wrap my head around how much (business park) space we have left in the city,” said Councilman Jim Randall. “It is a precious commodity that we won’t have much more of one day.”

The council was not hesitant to approve a revised special use permit for a residential care facility, Bloom Senior Living, to be constructed near 133rd and Greenwood streets.

At its Jan. 21 meeting, the council had tabled voting on the special use permit after asking for revisions to a building design criticized as too commercial-looking and flat.

Since then, the developer added stone chimneys, bay windows, shutters and faux balcony railings around select windows, and a wraparound porch with columns on the northwest corner of building.

“It will be a beautiful project and I’m looking forward to seeing it constructed,” Councilwoman Marge Vogt told the developer. “Thank you for listening to us.”

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