Wellington City Council approves rezoning junior high property to apartments… new wells, Montgomery concert discussed

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The old eight-member Wellington City Council approved the rezoning of the Wellington junior high building from a R-1 single family unit to a R-3 multiple family facility thus giving developers the go ahead to turning the old education facility into a multi-family apartment complex.USD 353 recently sold the building on 9th and A Street to Garrison Properties of Overland Park, Kansas for $150,000 (see story here). Gary Hassenflu, owner/broker of Garrison Properties, told the council first-hand Tuesday the company plans to invest $8.5 million in construction costs to build 42 housing units.“This is more money per unit than an average sized home,” Hassenflu said.The complex will look similar to The Harvester Lofts in Wichita near Old Towne, which was once a former International Harvester Building.The average size of the units will be 600-700 square feet for one bedroom apartments; 700 square feet for two-bedroom apartments and 1,100 square feet for three bedroom apartments.Hassenflu stated the auditorium can be used for various community groups. The gymnasium will be turned into apartments.••••Building new wells With the two-year drought, the Wellington City has been studying alternatives for water sources. In its last act, the old council voted to allocate $100,000 from the utility fund to do a water well study. The study will allow the drilling of eight test holes in a designated area and to determine the amount of quantity and quality of the water available.The study will also determine the projected future supply based on certain usage of the city.Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said the lake level at Wellington Lake is at 47 inches below normal which is much better than in January when it was 72 inches below normal level.Collins attributed the rise because of the recent rains and pumping from the Chikaskia River.He said one boat ramp at the lake will be reopened for fishing boats probably in the next week.••••John Michael MontgomeryThe official count to the Montgomery concert held April 5 was 1,136 people. The funding for the concert came from the city $2,000, Wellington Recreation Commission $2,000, and $500 from the architect and contractor. The rest of the cost was the responsibility of the promoter – LS Media.The city and chamber split the proceeds of the beer sales and the WRC had the concession sales.In a memo to the council, Collins said “we did not capture our costs, but gosh, what a grand re-opening to the Memorial Auditorium,”Collins suggested that Memorial Auditorium board will need to review the process of the fee structure, the rental of the facility, etc.The council also needs to determine whether the building needs air conditioning. The estimated cost to do so is between $250,000 and $300,000.••••In other business, the council:  • passed a resolution to condemn and demolish properties at 906 West 17th, 300 East Mill and 308 South Olive;• discussed the construction of a sidewalk which will be built on the south side of East Highway 160. The sidewalk will run from east of Woodlawn to Boundary Road that runs north of McDonalds Restaurant. The school board recently approved the use of its right of way to build the sidewalk.•was updated on the Vandenburgh project. The road construction will begin once the sewer is in place. The old asphalt from the highway will be milled up and used in various city alleys while the road gets converted to concrete from H Street to U.S. 160. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down Connie · 382 weeks ago I am glad to see the plan for the sidewalk along Hiway 160. The pedestrian traffic has increased to the point that it is a dangerous situation. Prevention of accidents is always the best solution. Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down littlebits · 382 weeks ago what about using the old asphalt to patch the NUMBEROUS potholes along E. Lincoln from Prairie Lawn to the compost site? Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…. · 382 weeks ago Aircondition the building already, I’m tired of reading about it… Glad to see that the old material from Vandenberg is going to good use to fill in allies, smart! Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 382 weeks ago I’ll echo Connie….it’s a good thing they decided to put in the sidewalk out to wal-mart. I’d like to even see it continue south at boundary road, following the existing road all the way to wal-mart parking lot. I support the apartments at the old middle school also. However, I hope that they are not section 8 housing. Not that all of those in need of section 8 are in the ‘bad’ crowd, but trouble does tend to follow. And with it being in close proximity to the current middle school, there could be a real danger there. Ohhhh the concert…..Cue, why is it that they only release (or you only report?) the cost? Why did they not report what they took in through sales? I know I did my part with the beer and food sales. Sure would be nice to see exactly how much we did not “capture”. Is using the word “capture” another way of saying we “lost” money? I don’t remember what the food costs were, but I do remember thinking the beer was lower than I thought it was going to be. I wouldn’t have complained about another $.50-1.00 for a beer. Another suggestion would be to have people out in the crowd selling. Add $1 to the cost of the beer, and let the people out selling it keep .25-.50 for pay. Isn’t that how they do it at large sports events? When they grind up the old asphalt, I hope they do a better job than the stuff they put out at Worden Park a couple years ago. That was TERRIBLE. Chunks of asphalt the size of a frying pan. Why don’t they look at selling it? I know several people that have used it on their driveways, and it will last for YEARS. However, if you just spread it out in an alley, it won’t last nearly as long thus needing repair again. That stuff is a lot more expensive than the rock they use now. Sell it and put that money back into the roads/alleys. Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jim Miller · 382 weeks ago I am 100% behind air conditioning the memorial auditorium because its needed for all the people that visit it. I would love to see the half cent sales tax pay for it and not burden just the property owners. Lets face it, it’s going to happen and we just as well do it now before the cost doubles. Report Reply 1 reply · active 381 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…. · 381 weeks ago Yep Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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