The spurt of residential growth
south of Platte City in the past few years is now
sparking an initial flame in commercial development
in that area.
Phoenix Real Estate Investment,
LLC, has submitted preliminary plans for what will
be known as the Fox Hill Center at the intersection
of D Hwy and Running Horse Road, to the Platte County
Planning and Zoning Department.
The proposed center would sit on
approximately 25 acres and would be spread out in
over six phases of development.
According to developer Steve Hon,
the first phase would consist of 11,000 square feet
of retail space, one pad site featuring a branch
of Wells Bank and another pad site still available
I was approached by Wells
Bank, said Hon. They were wanting a
location for the bank south of town and so we put
this together around them.
According to Phoenix Real Estate
Investments web site, Fox Hill Center
will tentatively consist of two multi-tenant buildings
of approximately 15,000 square feet each, two multi-tenant
buildings of approximately 11,000 square feet and
one single or multi-tenant anchor space consisting
of approximately 45,000 square feet along with six
Hon said, Were holding
out for a grocery store (45,000 square foot building)
or divide it up into three 15,000 square foot spaces.
Fox Hill Centers sixth and
final phase will consist of a three-story office
building with approximately 24,000 square feet.
According to Hon, the development
will resemble a small strip center,"
that will hope to attract such businesses as small
restaurants and clothing retailers.
The need for such businesses at
the area south of Platte City is based on that location's
continued growth, according to Hon.
I think the houses and rooftops
are coming, Hon said. He pointed to the fact
that Seven Bridges is under construction 1.5 miles
from the proposed site, as well as 400 two-plex
units and 300 homes in the Running Horse Subdivision.
We wanted to base (this development)
on the measured growth rate, so we dont get
ahead of ourselves, stated Hon. Were
trying to grow with the residential growth around
According to a report from the planning
and zoning office for residential development within
the Prairie Creek Watershed in unincorporated Platte
County, there will be a total of 2,911 homes constructed
in that area at full build-out.
Existing subdivisions that would
be serviced by the Fox Hill Center are: Lakes at
Oakmont, Hills of Oakmont, Estates at Lakes at Oakmont,
New Bedford Falls, Summit Way, Timber Park Meadows,
Misty Springs, Prairie Creek Acres, Timber Park,
Oak Creek, Brookfield, Running Horse Subdivision,
Fox Creek and Seven Bridges.
Hon anticipates, with the county
and planning and zoning commissions approval,
the development would break ground around the first
of March 2006. Phase six of the proposal could easily
be seven years down the road.
According to Assistant Director
of Planning and Zoning Daniel Erickson, the proposal
involves the 25.37 acres of land at the intersection
of D Hwy and Running Horse Road.
Erickson stated the land, which
is zoned planned industrial, conforms with the countys
land use plan.
The land use plan calls for
commercial development at the intersection of Running
Horse Road and Hwy D, as shown in the Prairie Creek
Focus Plan, said Erickson.
It (the area) has the potential
for commercial retail type growth in that area.
Its proximity to the interstate and the surrounding
residential uses makes it attractive to developers
and the land use plan calls for that area to be
developed in a commercial manner.
The preliminary design for the Fox
Hill Center will be presented to the planning and
zoning commission on Nov. 8 and is currently being
reviewed by the planning and zoning department staff.
The firms of Norton & Schmidt
Consulting Engineers and Brian Clark and Associates
will serve as engineers and land planners for the
development, with the firm of Herman A. Scharhag
Architects serving as the design team.
The objective of this project
is to build a quality center that will serve the
needs of the surrounding community and be an asset
to the area for many years, stated Phoenixs
Opening of the Fox Hill Center is
planned for Spring 2007.
Hon stated that while some developers
are considering a TIF as an option to finance a
development inside Platte City, he does not believe
that is what is needed for his development.
I talked to an attorney about
a year ago and he told me that basically if youre
going to ask for a TIF (tax increment financing),
you better off not approaching it by asking the
school district for money because that doesnt
seem to be a very popular idea in the State of Missouri,
said Hon. I didnt think it was real
advantageous to approach that issue (use of a TIF
for the development).