The Blue Springs Planning Commission approved plans for a Target and Lowe's on Adams Dairy Parkway.

Welcome to Blue Springs, Target.

And Lowe’s.

And Panda Express.

The Blue Springs Planning Commission, fully functional with three new members on Wednesday night, approved site and final plans for the two chain stores and fast-food restaurant. The three site plans had been on hold for the past month due to appointment controversies and subsequent lack of quorums.

For city residents, Target promises to be, well, Target – but with a certain Mediterranean flair.

Heather Sexton, a designer for the chain store, said the new 132,266-square-foot store in the Adams Dairy Landing center will match the Mediterranean style of the rest of the center.

In addition to the basic design, the Target store will have a large front entrance, most of which will be glass. The building itself will be constructed of brick and stone, and at the front entrance of the store will be red crushed glass in the shape of a target symbol, embedded into the concrete.

Chairman Ken Billups Jr. said it was nice to see something different from the chain.

“I think this will stand out quite nicely,” he said.

Lowe’s, another anchor tenant at the Adams Dairy Landing center, will remain similar to most of its other stores, but one of its chief designers, Rob Febik, said Wednesday that there will be far more landscape buffering surrounding the property than with other stores.

“There’s more landscape on this property than I’ve seen at other stores,” he said. “This will be unique to Blue Springs.”

The landscaping will be most thick along Adams Dairy Parkway, where most drivers will enter the retail center.

Issues like plastic fencing that will conceal garbage areas and trash compactors also were addressed, Febik said.

And for Panda Express, located at Coronado Drive and Adams Dairy Parkway, customers will be able to utilize a drive-through for what is considered to be the largest Asian fast-food restaurant chain in the country.

The 2,248-square-foot facility will have a gazebo in the front, which an architect said was unique. Not to mention that the immediate area surrounding Blue Springs does not have a Panda Express. The closest free-standing one, he said, was in Lee’s Summit, and there also is a Panda Express in the food court at Independence Center.







BREAKOUT

A proposal for a senior living development in Blue Springs will be subject to the mullti-family housing moratorium implemented by the city.

At a special City Council meeting Wednesday before the Planning Commission meeting, council members and Mayor Pro-tem Sissy Reed debated whether the proposed apartment building, Country Oak Village on R.D. Mize Road, should be exempt from the recent 90-day moratorium on multi-family housing proposals.

Developers had approached the city regarding the project in as early as March 2003, but their intentions for the area changed several times. Recently the city was told the complex would serve as senior living, and developers were scheduled to present a site plan and final plan to the commission.

But council members Lyle Shaver and Sheila Solon said the moratorium should apply to the complex and voted against it.

For Shaver, he said 90 days wasn’t long to wait, especially since property owners have been trying to push the project through since 2003.

“It wasn’t on a fast track to begin with,” he said. “Ninety days looks as if it’s pretty insignificant.”

Council members Kent Edmondson, Jeanie Lauer and Sissy Reed voted to exclude the project from the moratorium.

“I’d like to show a little good will to developers,” Reed said.

The vote needed four votes for a majority, therefore the exemption failed. Council Member Ron Fowler was absent for the special meeting.