We haven’t been able to say this in a while because for years there was a lack of residential building space within the city limits. But times have changed, with the expansion to the east side of Interstate 29. And get ready, significant residential growth will soon be coming to Platte City.
Barth Development staff met with City of Platte City representatives last week, shortly after the city’s approval of the funding agreement with VanTrust Real Estate for the 160-acre Platte City Commerce Center, which was reported on extensively right here in your favorite newspaper in our Aug. 31 edition.
City officials say Barth Development will be submitting a preliminary plat/concept plan for a 140-acre single family residential development immediately east of the VTRE parcel. Barth’s residential development will also be on the north side of Hwy. 92 and will be immediately west of the Timber Creek subdivision, which is in unincorporated Platte County.
DJ Gehrt, city administrator, says the discussion was to give the city a better a idea of Barth Development’s concept and for the developer to get a better idea of the city’s planning and infrastructure expectations.
“Based on the discussion, the city expects to receive a preliminary development plan for the 140-acre residential development in the next 60-90 days. That will be our first opportunity to review a formal plan and will be the basis for scheduling the initial planning and zoning commission review of the plan,” Gehrt told me on Tuesday. “I will have a better idea of the concept and the timeline when that preliminary plan is presented to the city.”
It wasn’t a formal conversation and it certainly didn’t feature details that he’ll be including in his design plans submitted to the city, but I did have an informal phone chat with David Barth one day last week. Barth called me about an unrelated topic, and in that conversation I asked him about his planned residential development in Platte City east of I-29.
It’s big. This will be impactful stuff.
Barth told me his residential project east of I-29 will eventually have about 245 homes. As one might expect, it will be done in phases. Barth said the plan is for about 80 homes to go in during the first phase.
Anticipated price tag on the homes, according to Barth during our phone conversation, will likely range from $550,000 to $750,000.
Made my first trip to the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Kansas, you know, that’s the state that legalized sports betting while Missouri legislators sit and watch that money bleed across the state line.
If putting a few bucks down on your favorite sporting events appeals to you, it’s a trip you’ll want to make. I’m not sure the guys and gals behind the sportsbook counter are quite as knowledgeable about the process as they will hopefully be in a few months, but don’t let that hold you back.
The Hollywood sportsbook has automated kiosks lining the walls of a sportsbook/sports bar area, so if you’d rather place your wagers on a machine rather than with a live person at the counter that is certainly a convenient possibility.
So I know you’re probably wondering what bets I made on my initial trip to the Hollywood sportsbook. So I’ll tell you.
Of course if you read last week’s column you know my “buy yourself a vacation home” pick of the year is the Philadelphia Eagles to go over their projected win total of 9.5. So yes, I put down a few dollars on that one. And the Eagles won last Sunday, so only nine more wins by the Eagles and we’ll hit that one. Now let’s be clear, I’m not wagering anything close to big money on it. The only vacation home I’d be able to get with the amount of money I put down might be a structure made out of cardboard at a trailer park in Ferrelview.
Other futures tickets for me included taking the Denver Broncos to go under their projected win total of 10. I feel good about this one. I also put money on the Seattle Seahawks to finish under their projected win total of 5.5.
The other wager I made at Hollywood last week was on the Baltimore Ravens -6.5 over the Jets in last Sunday’s season opener. That was an easy winner.
The Hollywood Casino sportsbook will be a great place to hang out when March Madness arrives. Keep that in mind.
I had an announcement ready to rock and roll right here but then something unexpected happened. This is the spot I was going to tell you that State Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer will be our guest on next week’s Landmark Live. But then Luetkemeyer sent an email shortly after 4 a.m. this morning (Wednesday) and I followed it up with a text exchange about 7:30 a.m.
Luetkemeyer had confirmed by text several weeks ago for Sept. 22 and then asked for a list of questions/topics that might come up on the show. So columnist Guy Speckman and I came up with a handful of potential questions/topics and emailed them to the senator on Monday. He emailed back this morning saying he had written down the wrong date and thought our show was going to be Sept. 23. He says will be in Jefferson City on Sept. 22 for the special session and will not be able to make our Sept. 22 show.
So we’ve asked the senator to provide a list of Thursday dates that he knows he’ll be free so we can get him rescheduled, if he so desires. If/when we get that list of available dates from Luetkemeyer we’ll get him back on the guest list.
In the meantime, Wednesday morning’s unexpected development makes much of Speckman’s column on page 3 this week a little awkward, but like Speckman told me, what else is new.
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