Shawnee city commissioners on Monday, after first holding a public hearing on the matter, will consider a rezone and preliminary plat for Avedis Park at 1500 E. Independence.

Shawnee city commissioners on Monday, after first holding a public hearing on the matter, will consider a rezone and preliminary plat for Avedis Park at 1500 E. Independence.

The Avedis Foundation hopes to build its new corporate offices on that property and is seeking a rezone of the 12-acre site from R1 Single Family Residential to C-1 Neighborhood Commercial.

The land is currently owned by Clayton Eads, but a contract for sale has been presented on approval of the rezone and preliminary plat.

After discussion, the rezone and preliminary plat was first approved by the Planning Commission on Oct. 5 and now goes to the full city commission. With this property now potentially being developed by Avedis, many issues and concerns that have been aired since January when a different developer first wanted to build duplex rental housing on the site appear to be resolved.

Avedis wants to develop a portion of the site for offices and hopes to preserve the abundance of existing trees — the remainder is planned to be a park-like setting, said Avedis Foundation President and CEO Michelle Briggs.

She said the goal is to build an aesthetically pleasing building to be used as the foundation's corporate offices.

“We really like this location because it is not on a busy thoroughfare, but is central,” she said. “It is located conveniently to all areas of town.”

Avedis' intent for the property is to build an office building of approximately 7,000 to 8,000 square feet.

The preliminary plans are to locate the office building approximately in the middle of the site.

“A park-like setting with beautiful, natural enhancements is planned,“Briggs said.

There will be a sidewalk on the Independence edge of the property and the brick pillars will be removed.

“Avedis' corporate vision is to improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the people of Pottawatomie County,” she said. “It is our desire to further our vision with the development of this property as our corporate headquarters.”

She said Avedis sincerely looks forward to being excellent neighbors and corporate partners.

“It is our desire that upon completion of our development of this property that the City and our neighbors will view it as one more gift that we have granted,” Briggs said.

There appears to be no opposition according to the agenda packet. At the Oct. 5 Planning Commission meeting, neighbors of the site even voiced their endorsement of Avedis' proposal.

The agenda packet suggests that staff recommends approval of the proposed rezone and the preliminary plat.

Also on Monday's agenda:

• The commission has an item to consider going into an executive session to discuss confidential communications between the city and city attorney concerning a pending claim and investigation.

• The commission will consider an agreement for supplemental police services for the city's Housing Authority.

• The commission will consider Mayor's appointments. For the Traffic Commission, the mayor is suggesting appointment of John “Jack” Barrett to replace Darren Rutherford, who resigned from the Traffic Commission because he became a city commissioner.

The commission also will consider reappointments of Mike Warwick, John Robinson M.D. And Charles Skillings to the Shawnee Hospital Authority.

The meeting will begin 6:30 p.m. Monday at Shawnee City Hall.