Roeland Park will take another try at ordinance that would require better demolition cleanup

The condition of the lot at 47th and Mission Road has been a point of contention in the discussions.
The condition of the lot at 47th and Mission Road has been a point of contention.

The Roeland Park City Council will take at least one more pass at an ordinance that would require a more substantial cleanup of a property after a building is demolished.

The move comes as a reaction to the condition of the parking lot after buildings were demolished by a developer at the southwest corner of 47th and Mission Road. The buildings had several code violations and the new owner had the buildings taken down.

Developer Tony Krsnich is looking for a partner to operate a restaurant on the corner. In the meantime, he has entered into an agreement with Taco Republic, which lies directly across 47th Street, to use the lot for overflow parking. The condition of the lot was a major sticking point for the council and the plan commission when Krsnich applied for a Special Use Permit to allow for the temporary parking use on the open lot.

He did get approval to use 34 spaces for one year and 12 spaces for another six months. Krsnich said that he had met with all of the requirements of the Roeland Park code in his demolition and final condition of the property.

In reaction to concrete slabs left on the property, the planning commission recommended changes to the city code. An ordinance before the council this week specifically says that concrete slabs, parking lots and sidewalks should be removed. It requires all excavations filled to grade and covered with 24 inches of soil and seeded.

The council appears in favor of the new restrictions, but entered into a discussion over whether steel reinforcement should be removed from any concrete from any “clean fill” that is used at the site. The council will put the issue on a future committee agenda.