By Allen Edmonds
Belton’s new mayor and council approved unanimously a Final Plat for the Center 301 Apartments, a luxury complex set to be built just to the north of Kohl’s on Towne Center Parkway, but not without some discussion.
There was no indication the project was in any trouble – even if some of the new councilmembers might not have supported the project to begin with, there appeared to be a recognition that it would be inappropriate to do more than ask questions at this stage.
Ward 2 councilmember Angela Kraft, for example, asked if there was a tornado shelter planned for the 306-unit complex. Company representative Mike Case of Case Development of Tulsa, the developer, said there was not.
Ward 1 Councilmember Perry Gough asked if the trails that are being advertised as connecting to the Belton Nexus Trail system would be open to the public, and was told that since Center 301 would be a gated community, the trail connectors would not be open to the public.
The Council unanimously approved the second reading of the Final Plat for the project.
Later in the meeting, the first reading of an ordinance approving a development and maintenance agreement between the City and Center 301 Limited Partnership for public and private infrastructure in the Center 301 project came up and was approved unanimously as well.
City Manager Alexa Barton asked if a second reading could be heard on the ordinance, since the firm is ready to begin construction, and failure to act Tuesday would only result in a two-week delay.
The Council agreed to hear the second reading and vote under those circumstances, and the ordinance passed.
Also approved was the final reading of a Final Plat Replat for Lot 8 in the Belton Gateway project, which will subdivide a larger lot next to the Ulta Beauty site, presumably for a business that is prepared to build.
Finally, the Council approved both readings of an ordinance adjusting the “by the drink” regulations of City Code, allowing the soon-to-open Broken Hatchet Brewing at Main and Ella to operate.
A ribbon-cutting for the establishment is tentatively set for May 28, and a wait for a second reading would push right up against that date.