When Shawnee City Commissioners meet Monday, they will revisit a deferred planning item concerning the former Kmart building.

When Shawnee City Commissioners meet Monday, they will revisit a deferred planning item concerning the former Kmart building.

Following a public hearing, owners of 2327 N. Harrison Ave. are hoping for a rezone from CP; Planned Shopping Center District to C-3; Highway Commercial District.

The site is set to be repurposed as a U-Haul Moving and Storage Store.

Boasting just more than eight acres, the property has a lot of room to fill — too much for the average business opportunity. Community Development Director Justin DeBruin said at 84,000 square feet, there is a limited market interest in the reuse of the former Kmart building.

DeBruin said applicant Amerco Real Estate Company, a real estate subsidiary of U-Haul, for the last 10 years has made it a business to repurpose larger abandoned sites that tend to go unused.

“Our uses will consist of indoor climate-controlled self-storage, U-Haul truck and trailer-sharing and related retail sales,” Scott Brackin, marketing company president, U-Haul Company of Oklahoma, said.

Likely 50,000 square feet of the building will be used for storage, he said.

“Customers would be able to drive inside and load/unload out of the rain, cold or hot weather,” he said. “I believe we are offering Shawnee residents something different than what's around right now.”

Area residents, however, have voiced disapproval at the plan.

DeBruin said some residents from the Northridge Addition — directly east of the site — are concerned primarily about the conversion to C-3 commercial zoning.

“The current use versus what's allowed for C-3 are basically identical,” he said.

Area residents in opposition attended the March 7 Planning meeting and more gathered for the City's hearing last month. The item was deferred to Monday's meeting.

Another request for commissioners to consider is for 4900 N. Harrison Ave. to be rezoned from C-3; Highway Commercial to PUD; Planned Unit Development.

Applicant Nilesh Patel is the owner of the approximately 4.5 acres of property.

Patel is requesting a rezone from C-3 (Highway Commercial) to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to facilitate additional commercial development.

“As the Quality Inn Motel occupies the existing lot, the intent is to create an additional lot, at approximately 2.33 acres in size, to facilitate three additional commercial structures,” the agenda reads.

Community Development Director Justin DeBruin said the goal of the PUD is to allow the existing Quality Inn Motel to continue operation and to provide upscale retail shopping, personal service businesses, restaurants and other businesses.

The board may vote whether to approve a final plat for Shawnee Trail Office Park, on the southeast corner of East 45th Street and Hyatt Road.

The subject site is 4.06 acres in size and currently zoned as a Planned Unit Development (PUD), regulated by C2 (Office Commercial) zoning standards.

“Proposed is the creation of an eight-lot private office park,” the agenda reads.

Commissioners also are set to consider approval of two preliminary plats: first, for Shawnee Retail Center, at 4900 North Harrison Avenue, but since the Planning Commission deferred this item to its May 2 meeting, it likely also will be deferred at City Commission. Second, for Maple Development, LLC, on Shawnee Mall Drive, east of the BNSF Railroad Tracks. It, too, was deferred by Planning Commissioners to its May 2 meeting.

In other business, City Manager Justin Erickson will present Employee of the Month Sandra Herron, of the utility billing department.

Also, Mayor Richard Finley will proclaim April 24, 2018, Family Promise Day; and May 1, 2018, Loyalty Day.

And Shawnee Finance Director Cindy Arnold will share the monthly sales tax report.

On the Municipal Authority agenda, City Commissioners are set to consider approval of an expenditure of funds for the emergency sewer line rehabilitation.

Steve Nelms, Shawnee Utility Director, has requested authorization to pipe burst 660 linear feet of 8-inch downed sewer line on the 600 block of West Wood and West Wallace.

The agenda memo states his recommendation is to award the job to the lowest and best bidder, Krapff-Reynolds, in the amount of $62,465.

On the Airport Authority agenda, the board may consider a resolution accepting Fiscal Year 2018 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant Funds offered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and authorization to execute the grant agreement.

The Shawnee Regional Airport has requested $556,335 in FAA AIP to support the construction of a new taxi lane and foundation pad for the planned construction of 10 new T-hangars and is seeking authorization to accept any grant funds offered by the FAA in support of this program.

Airport Manager Bonnie Wilson said the airport does not have sufficient capital funds to undertake the project with the support of the FAA AIP program funds. This project has been coordinated with the FAA and is included on the approved five-year Capital Improvement Plan on file.

It is expected that the FAA will provide the City of Shawnee with a formal grant offer late in Federal Fiscal 2018 and require a formal action of acceptance within a limited time frame, she said.

Wilson is recommending commissioners consider a resolution to accept any grant funds offered in support of this program and authorize City Manager Justin Erickson to execute the grant agreement as may be necessary to meet the deadline for acceptance imposed.

“It is expected that the FAA will provide $556,335 of the estimated $782,440 required to undertake the planned construction,” Wilson said. “Acceptance of these funds is essential to support the project as designed.”

Wilson also requests consideration of publishing a request for bids for construction for the taxi lane and pad to support construction of T- hangars at the airport, contingent on availability of funding.

“The airport has identified the construction of t-hangars as essential for continued growth of the facility,” she said. “Staff currently maintains a waiting list of over twenty-five individuals seeking to lease hangar space, ensuring that the proposed new hangars will be leased immediately upon completion.”

The initial phase of this project is the construction of a taxi lane giving access to the area identified for the construction of the new hangars, and the construction of the foundation pad for the hangars, she said.

Wilson said advertising for bids at this time is necessary to ensure that the airport receives a firm price for construction in a timely manner, as this figure must be provided to the FAA.

In light of the need to advertise prior to receiving and accepting the grant, it is recommended that the advertisement and bid documents include language noting that the final award of a contract for construction will be contingent on receipt of funds from the FAA as anticipated, she said.

“The consulting engineer for the project, H. W. Lochner, Inc., has provided a detailed construction cost estimate of $782,440,” Wilson said.

FAA will provide $556,335, and the remaining $226,105 will be provided by Fiscal Year 2019 capital funds garnered from prior sale of airport land, she said.

“The airport capital funds are considered restricted and may only be used to support airport development projects, as they were generated from the sale of land originally awarded to the airport by the War Assets Administration,” Wilson said.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting will take place Monday in the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers at City Hall, at 16 W. 9th St.