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Oxford Pointe housing development on city agenda

Published on -5/5/2014, 2:47 PM

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By Ken Stephens

The Hutchinson News, Kan.

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An on-again, off-again plan for a new housing development near 30th and Hendricks will come before the Hutchinson City Council for approval of the final plat as well as resolutions authorizing the construction of street, water and sewer improvements.

Developer Jim Strawn wants to divide nearly 29 acres into 81 lots for single-family houses in what will be known as the Oxford Pointe Subdivision.

The area, on vacant ground zoned for moderate density residential development south of 30th and between Nottingham and Tartan, was known as Windsor Estates when planning for the first preliminary plat was submitted in 2006. That plat was withdrawn without being reviewed by the Joint Subdivision Committee, largely because of drainage issues, according to a memo prepared for the City Council meeting. Since then, there have been there have been more starts and stops in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Renamed Oxford Pointe, a revised plat was submitted last year and approved in June by the Joint Subdivision Committee. The plat shows two storm water detention ponds, one at the northeast corner of the development and one near the southeast corner.

The only significant outstanding issue appears to be sidewalks. The Planning Department, adhering strictly to the goals of the Complete Streets Policy, wants sidewalks installed on both sides of the residential streets. Strawn, hoping to hold down the costs of the houses, wants to install sidewalks on only one side. The Joint Subdivision Committee said one side was sufficient when it recommended approval of the final plat in June by a 3-1 vote, with one abstention.

City engineering staff estimated that the difference in the cost of sidewalks on one side and two sides of the street was about $1,250 per lot, or about $91.98 a year in special assessments.

The houses would be developed in three phases over about five years each. The site is in the Hutchinson School District. In recent years, the great majority of new houses have been built in other school districts, primarily the Buhler district.

The city estimates that street and drainage improvements will cost $1,376,200, of which the city will pay 33 percent, with the remainder by the property owners. Water lines will cost $165,900, with the city paying 60 percent. Sanitary sewers will cost $150,600, the entire cost of which will be paid by the property owners. The city will sell general obligation bonds to pay for the construction, and the property owners will repay their portion of the costs through annual special assessments.

In other business Tuesday, the council will be asked to:

--Approve a $245,829 contract with CDM Smith for continued monitoring of ground water pollution emanating from the use of carbon tetrachloride as an insecticide at grain elevators before 1970.

--Approve a $248,890 contract with APAC-Kansas for an ultra-thin bonded asphalt overlay on K-61 from U.S. Highway 50 north to Avenue G this summer.

(c)2014 The Hutchinson News

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