Planning commission briefs
Commission approves downtown tower
Plans for a 150-foot telecommunications tower in downtown Baldwin were approved by the Baldwin City Planning Commission last Tuesday.
The Voicestream Wireless, formerly Aerial, tower could be constructed within a couple of months, says Trevor Wood, a representative of the company installing the tower, Selective Site Consultants.
The tower will be located at Sixth and High, inside the tow lot of Bell Automotive. Planning commissioners are requiring the company to build a wooden privacy fence around the tower and landscape the area.
The commissioners, who had safety concerns and questioned the need for a downtown location, tabled the request for a 165-foot tower at the May meeting.
In the meantime, the company did lower the height of the tower to 150-feet, the maximum allowed by city code without a variance.
"This was the best location for the tower," Wood said. "Numerous locations were looked at, including the water tower, and this was the one that was needed."
Wood said the tower will provide better service to Voicestream Wireless customers, and said other service providers would be able to co-locate on the tower.
The tower itself is a sleek design, without cable wire running to the ground.
"It will look like nothing more than a large utility pole," Wood said.
Wood said the tower land will be leased from Bell Automotive. The tower will be ready for construction following a bidding process, he said.
Baldwin City Market plans get the OK
Revisions requested by the planning commission in May to the site plan of the Baldwin City Market in FireTree Estates were approved by the planning commission at last Tuesday's meeting.
Tarwater said the site plan for the 17,000-square-foot store, to be located across from Eighth Street on the north side of U.S. Highway 56, met all city code requirements. However, there were some questions regarding compliance with the FireTree Estates covenants.
"There were a couple of questions that dealt with that," Tarwater said. "It is not the city staff's concern to enforce development covenant requirements."
Tarwater said the property will require some grading work and elevation changes before construction can begin.
"They have a considerable amount of site work before they start construction" Tarwater said.
Baldwin City Market is owned by Jeff and Lisa Simpson. F.P. Gehring Construction, Atchison, is constructing the store.
FireTree Estates developer, Jerry Donnelly, said he plans to meet with the store owners and the architect soon.
"I talked to John Simpson (Jeff Simpson's father) and the architect and we are going to set up an architectural control meeting as soon as possible," Donnelly said. "I know John is ready to move dirt."