Curtis Road developer trying to move quickly

The new Christie Clinic off Curtis Road and I-57 will actually be a mirror image of how it was originally planned.

I finally got a hold of developer Todd Raufeisen on Monday to ask him why: frankly, the project wasn’t moving fast enough for him.

The development — which includes the new clinic and its surrounding subdivision and will come in front of the city council tonight under the name “Wellness at Prairie Village” — had originally been planned for the south side of Curtis Road. The proposal tonight will depict the subdivision on the north side (check out the image below from the city memo).

Raufeisen says the switch was made simply because the landowner on the north side was moving faster, and he wants to break ground as soon as possible after the proposal gets through city council. He’s hoping that will be some time in August.

Until then, the developer and the city might still have some bartering to do. City officials want the subdivision to comply with a zoning ordinance amendment that has yet to be approved, but the developer has provided a proposal that doesn’t quite meet all of the specifications.

This is a fairly typical procedure — there’s always some measure of horse-trading that happens at this level as the city and developer try to negotiate the terms of the development under what is known as an annexation agreement (essentially a 20-year contract between the city and developer that outlines what zoning ordinance exemptions the city has allowed and what the developer has agreed to in return).

“In today’s world, it’s still a green site, and that’s why we’ve spent a lot of time planning for what we’re going to bring to it,” Raufeisen said.

Interested? The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

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