McDonald’s on city agenda

By The Mercury

City commissioners will consider a deal that would continue the modernization of the Bluemont roundabout area during their Tuesday meeting.

On the agenda is consideration of an agreement with McDonald’s allowing the restaurant to expand its operations south toward Bluemont Avenue and west toward Fourth Street. The area is presently largely vacant. Company officials are in the process of seeking to have much of the blocked rezoned, including vacating the alley right-of-way, for development purposes that have not been publicly detailed.

The plans would, however, give McDonald’s access Bluemont, including the Fourth and Bluemont intersection.

It’s the second significant development related to a North Third Street business in recent days. Last last week a Richmond, Mo., couple announced plans to purchase, raze and reconstruct a KFC restaurant on the site of the existing one across Vattier Street from McDonald’s. The existing KFC has been closed for several years and has fallen into disrepair.

The city’s role in the McDonald’s development would be to construct several public improvements and private utility relocations at or near the intersection of Bluemont Avenue and 4th Street, along with the relocation of public utilities (sanitary sewer) from the anticipated vacated alley in the block surrounded by Bluemont Avenue, 4th Street, Vattier Street, and 3rd Street. Those are the questions to be put to commissioners Tuesday.

McDonald’s still will have to win zoning and site plan approval for its proposals, a process that is expected to begin with a hearing before the Urban Area Planning Board in mid-August.

As part of the deal with the city, McDonald’s officials have agreed to impose an additional half cent sales tax at the Third Street store, the proceeds from which will help fund a sculpture proposed for erection at the Fourth and Bluemont roundabout.

The item is one of several on Tuesday’s agenda. Another involves consideration of a request to seek National Historic Register status for the 1930s era Bluemont Youth Cabin at the base of Bluemont Hill. The Kansas Historical Society requested the designation. City officials say the impact of such a designation would be minimal, and would allow the cabin to apply for tax credits and grants for necessary improvement projects.

Also Tuesday, commissioners will:

Consider adoption of international codes and electrical codes.

Consider updating the city’s water conservation ordinance to comply with guidelines established by the Kansas Water Office.

Discuss the need for a new flood plain mapping study.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Commission room at City Hall.

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