SHAWNEE, Kan. – Monday night’s City Council meeting in Shawnee was standing room only, with many people opposing a new complex that developers say would bring in money for the city. Some shared their concerns with FOX 4 ahead of the meeting.
Michael Grimm reflected on a lot of memories while sitting in one of his favorite places.
“I have the most beautiful sunsets you`ve ever seen in your life. We`ve got a pond back here. Used to go swimming in it,” he explained. “I’ve lived here most of my entire adult life.”
Grimm’s backyard is a sanctuary of sorts, that’s why he says he’s upset to hear a proposed plan that would change his wide-open view.
Developers want to rezone the space near 61st and Pflumm to allow the construction of “Vantage at Shawnee.”
The $35 million dollar project is designed as a 14-building, 312-unit gated complex. Shawnee’s planning commission previously voted 8-2 to move the project forward to full council.
However, Grimm sees several concerns, including what he fears would be a jump in crime.
“You have that many residents here, I`m going to have to put bars on my windows I think,” he worried.
There have been rumors that the developers could potentially turn the property into Section-8 housing. A representative with America First Real Estate Group spoke at the council meeting saying it`s not true, calling the development “quality, class-a homes,” aimed in part at young professionals.
Supporters for the project also argued that the tax money the complex would generate would be good for the city.
The City Council did not say when they will address the issue again in the future, but with so many against it, there will likely be a lot more arguing inside City Hall before the fate of this project is decided.