The Parkville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved rezoning property on Missouri Route 9 at Tuesday night’s meeting in order to provide for development of more office space.
The property to be rezoned from single-family to planned business district is situated in the midst of commercial and non-residential property, with the Platte County Community Center South/YMCA immediately to the west.
The rezoning was necessary to accommodate a development plan for a new two-story office building at 6110-6112 Highway 9.
The Craig Marshall Office Building will house Dr. Marshall’s dental practice and still have room for other offices.
“(More office space) has been one of the No. 1 requests we get,” said Sean Ackerson, assistant city administrator and community development director.
The Missouri Department of Transportation wants to change Highway 9 at the new development site into a three-lane cross section. In addition, MoDOT wants one centered entrance into the new office building with a three-point turnout. This was a point of concern during the board’s discussion Tuesday night.
“It doesn’t seem to be a very parking-friendly lot,” alderman Marc Sportsman said.
Bob Campbell, general contractor for the project, said the development would like to have full entry, but MoDOT controls that. MoDOT will also make the parking lot a right in, right out turn by building an island on Highway 9.
Campbell said developers will be asking the county to share parking at the YMCA with the new development in exchange for building a sidewalk across the county’s property.
In other business, alderman Nan McManus said the Economic Development Committee is no longer an ad hoc committee. She said they have divided the committee into three groups and have some people working on the bylaws.
The committee is still looking for people who can make a three-year commitment, and the cut-off date for volunteers is Dec. 31.