The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) wants Roeland Park to pay $50,000 for an unused right-of-way near the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roe Boulevard.
The right-of-way that KDOT controls amounts to just over one acre of the approximate three-acre property at the northeast corner of Johnson Drive and Roe, which Roeland Park would like to develop.
“Knowing how big the property is (will be) key (to development),” said Roeland Park City Administrator Keith Moody. The city has been mowing the property and taking care of it since 1988. It was suggested that the past maintenance could constitute full payment.
Further complicating the issue, Moody said, is that title insurance cannot be obtained because KDOT can’t show a document where they acquired the property.
Moody said KDOT is considering an option where the property would be conveyed to the city and the city would share a percentage of the net proceeds of a sale.
“We are trying to work it out with them,” Moody said of KDOT.
The property is across the street from the Commerce Bank property that is being developed and the Mission Gateway property. CBC Real Estate Group has been hired to do a use assessment of the property, but that has been delayed until the KDOT issue can be worked out.