Legacy Development postpones hearing on Bellmont Promenade to Aug. 27

The developer asked to postpone the public hearing on the Bellmont Promenade project.

All actionable plans for the Shawnee council to vote on the Bellmont Promenade redevelopment project have been postponed to Aug. 27.

The council was to conduct public hearings Monday, July 23, for the Tax Increment Financing project plan as well as changes to the Community Improvement District for Bellmont Promenade. Additionally, the council had planned to vote on rezoning the area, located in the 16100-16300 blocks of West 66th Terrace, from commercial highway to mixed use. Plans for council to approve the preliminary development plan were also on the docket.

Mayor Michelle Distler said the city “received word” Monday, July 23, that the developer, Legacy Development, is requesting that the public hearings take place at the Aug. 27 council meeting.

The council agreed unanimously to continue the public hearings to Aug. 27, at which time it would consider the rezoning request, approve the TIF and CID agreements and hear the developer’s presentation of the development plan.

The developer had originally requested to delay to Aug. 13, as the developer’s attorney, Greg Musil with Rouse Frets Gentil Rhodes LLC had indicated in a July 19 letter.

Shawnee finance director Maureen Rogers said the developer’s delay is likely caused by “many moving parts” necessary for projects that require rezoning and request public financing incentives. The developer must finalize certain details on the building project, find tenants and also develop a plan that accommodates a terrain that is otherwise difficult to develop.

“The topography has driven the costs of the project up more than if it was on a big, green field,” Rogers said.

The city had approved public financing incentives last year for redevelopment of the space, amid concerns from area residents.