The Kansas City Plan Commission approved two zoning measures that clear the way for construction of two new schools in the Northland and more than 400 residential units.
Planners approved the rezoning of more than 96 acres near Northwest 108th Street and U.S. Highway 169. Part of the land will be used to construct a new Lutheran school campus that will include a 65,120-square-foot school building and parking lots; a 40,000-square-foot, two-story building and a 19,500-square-foot administrative building. The project will also include athletic fields.
The largest part of the development will be 376 multifamily residential units and 54 single-family lots on the west side of the tract.
“There were some issues on traffic congestion,” said James Kraatz of Lutjen, Inc., who spoke on behalf of the developer. “The city generally got what it wanted so we can move forward.”
The Lutheran school campus, which will be a K-12 facility, will be constructed in three phases. The two-story building and administrative building will be in the first phase, and the school building and parking lots will be in the second and third phase.
Planners also approved rezoning to allow construction of a new elementary school in the North Kansas City School District near Northeast Staley Road and Shoal Creek Parkway.
The 86,000-squre-foot school will be built next to an existing high school.
“We expect to move forward on this very quickly,” said Mary Jo Burton, a spokeswoman for the school district. “I think our plans are to have the facililty open by the beginning of the 2009 school year.”