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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Commissioners approve addendum to Tire Town agreement

  • When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved an addendum to an agreement with the developer of the former Tire Town complex.
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  • When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved an addendum to an agreement with the developer of the former Tire Town complex.
    Under the addendum to a 2005 agreement, the city will waive some fees and pay for curb, gutter and sidewalk work. This is contingent on the developer, Foutch Brothers, closing on a construction loan before the end of the year, according to Gary Bartek, economic development administrator for the city.
    The $14.1 million project for the redevelopment of the former Tire Town site in downtown Leavenworth is being called Stove Factory Lofts. Bartek said the city has been asked by the Bank of the West, which will be providing financing, and Foutch Brothers to finalize some remaining issues.
    "This has come about really because of the bank," Bartek said.
    The addendum also includes a construction timeline for the project. Under this timeline, the site would be redeveloped in three phases. The developer should complete the first phase in the third quarter of 2014 if there are no unforeseen delays resulting from things such as union strikes, material shortages or acts of God. The second phase is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2015, and the third phase should be completed during the second quarter of 2016.
    The city government has agreed to waive all permit, sewer connection and internal plan review fees. Bartek said these fees would total $83,879. The city also is agreeing to pay for curb, gutter and sidewalk restoration work in the area of the project. Bartek said this is estimated to cost $71,880 which can be paid for through the city's sidewalk fund.
    The city will maintain public parking areas around the project site.
    "This is already an internal cost to the city," Bartek said.
    The city also will maintain the landscaping on public property around the project site, which Bartek said the city already is doing.
    The city also will continue to explore establishing a quiet zone in the downtown area for trains.
    City Manager Scott Miller said the quiet zone would prohibit trains from blowing horns and whistles as they pass through the downtown area during nighttime hours. He said this would require upgrades at existing railroad crossings.
    "The cost on this is quite heavy," he said.
    He said it could cost $250,000.
    He said city officials are agreeing to only explore a quiet zone at this point.
    "We make no commitment that we would implement this," he said.
    The addendum was approved 4-0. City Commissioner Mark Preisinger was absent.

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