A large project, Domino Plaza Addition, is closer to its goal on Harrison Street between 45th and Interstate 40, getting the OK on the preliminary plat, and a rebate deal from the city.

A large project, Domino Plaza Addition, is closer to its goal on Harrison Street between 45th and Interstate 40, getting the OK on the preliminary plat, and a rebate deal from the city.

After an hour in executive session Monday, Shawnee City Commissioners unanimously voted to enter into a sales tax rebate agreement between the city and the Elmer Smith Oil Company. Smith Oil, owner of the Domino Express gas station being built at Kickapoo Spur, has plans for a second station to be constructed at the northeast corner of Harrison and 45th St. — only it intends to bring several more businesses with it.

Because some aspects of the $4.5 million project require installation of public-use items, such as an added traffic signal, shared access roads and a privately managed — but public-use — dog park, the city is willing to help with that burden — up to $785,000 over a seven-year span, which will not begin until the second structure has been built and filed for its occupancy permit.

The Plaza Project

The proposed Domino Plaza Addition project would place five commercial developments along the east side of Harrison Street in the strip between 45th St. and Bruton Drive, starting with the Domino Express gas station on the northeast corner of 45th — just across the street from Sonic Drive-In.

Space for two hotels and up to four restaurants are slated for the remaining lots, though no specific businesses are being named at this time.

Three common areas will be included on the nearly 15 acres, where detention ponds and a 1.17-acre dog park — privately maintained, but for public-use — would be, as well as walking trails, lighting, landscaping, benches, picnic area, a footbridge, and small and large breed dog partitions.

As part of the proposed Planned Unit Development, the applicant has incorporated a signage plan design similar to Shawnee Marketplace, emphasizing a reduction in overall site signage.

The project is planned to be constructed in phases, with the first phase consisting of approximately 2.87 acres.

Because the proposed development will undoubtedly increase traffic and congestion along Harrison north of 45th St., the city commissioned Traffic Engineering Consultants (TEC) to conduct a traffic impact study and have recommended that the development would need at least need to include an additional westbound lane along 45th St. and an additional signalized intersection on Harrison.

Because of the study, it was recommended that the development locate the new signalized intersection at Harrison and Burton Drive (the Gordon Cooper Technology Center entrance on Harrison).

A public hearing was held, as was consideration by the board whether to rezone the property from CP; Planned Shopping Center to PUD; Planned Unit Development. Commissioners unanimously approved the rezone and a preliminary plat.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.