On the Harrison strip near Interstate 40, a lot of work has begun on the east side — a Domino service station under construction, and lots for hotels, restaurants and a dog park to follow. Just west — on almost 22 acres across the street — Workman's Plaza is hoping to make its entrance; Planned Unit Development (PUD) and preliminary plat permits were filed Sept. 5 announcing plans to create a commercial travel center facility, with additional land reserved for commercial use.

On the Harrison strip near Interstate 40, a lot of work has begun on the east side — a Domino service station under construction, and lots for hotels, restaurants and a dog park to follow. Just west — on almost 22 acres across the street — Workman's Plaza is hoping to make its entrance; Planned Unit Development (PUD) and preliminary plat permits were filed Sept. 5 announcing plans to create a commercial travel center facility, with additional land reserved for commercial use.

City Planner Justin DeBruin said the area is largely affected by the floodplain — over 50 percent of the site is reported to be flood zone. A preliminary FEMA-FIRM map revision has been reviewed, pending a public hearing and possible revision.

Developer Richard Landes, of Landes Engineering, said the site's existing drainage channel will receive improvements — making the location more optimal for development.

“It's been vacant for a very long time,” DeBruin said.

Shawnee Planning Commissioner David Bergsten said he was very happy to see plans for development at the site.

“Primary access to the site will be from Harrison street — directly across from John C. Bruton Drive, the northern entrance into Gordon Cooper Technology Center,” DeBruin said.

The site works in cooperation with an already-planned traffic light (at that soon-to-be formed intersection) to offset the potentially higher volume of traffic expected by neighbor Domino Plaza.

Landes said he has been cooperating with FEMA-required standards and staying apprised of any potential ODOT plans.

According to the Planning Commission agenda, the general concept of the plaza is to create a commercial travel center facility, as well as a weight station, showers and a truck rest stop. It would also include immediate I-40 access for full-fuel service, rest areas, restaurant, hotel and other services for interstate and local travelers with a proposed south side I-40 access road west to Kickapoo, with space available for other services and facilities.

The southernmost piece of the property is planned for the facility. Just north is designed to house an improved water channel — widening and lining to provide better stormwater flow — with up to two drainage ditch bridge crossovers. The north end appears set aside, dedicated for an additional street right-of-way in the event of future construction of a highway service road.

Planned construction of Workman's Plaza could begin six to 12 months after FEMA clearance, the agenda reads.

The item goes before Shawnee City Commissioners Oct. 16.

Watch for updates.