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  • Parking variance permitted

  • A parking variance for the Shoppes at Eagles Landing sailed through the Lake Ozark Board of Adjustments on Thursday. Commissioners took less than 30 minutes to unanimously approve developer RIS, Inc.’s request to adjust the parking ratio down for a certain portion of the retail development, including where Kohl&...
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  • A parking variance for the Shoppes at Eagles Landing sailed through the Lake Ozark Board of Adjustments on Thursday. Commissioners took less than 30 minutes to unanimously approve developer RIS, Inc.’s request to adjust the parking ratio down for a certain portion of the retail development, including where Kohl’s department store intends to build. Now, only four parking slots are needed per 1,000 square feet of retail space. City code requires five.
    Building Inspector Charlie Misenheimer said the ratio still allows plenty of parking for shoppers at the Shoppes at Eagles Landing site.
    Based on a 64,000-square-foot store, which is the size of store Kohl’s intends to build, about 250 parking spaces are needed. Without the adjustment, city code would require more than 300.
    The variance applies to a large portion of the strip mall, though, outlying buildings were excluded from the request. RIS, Inc., applied for the variance for the site to eliminate the need for each individual store asking for the same parking adjustment.
    By having it come up as one large request, it simplifies and accelerates the process, Misenheimer said.
    Commissioners are requiring the approved site to stay retail. If plans change for the development, RIS, Inc., will have to come back to the Board of Adjustments.
    The variance was the last major hurdle before construction is expected to start on the Shoppes at Eagles Landing. Kohl’s is the first major anchor store to sign onto this phase of the development with plans for a 64,000-square-foot store. Once construction starts on the store, it will take about eight months to build and come with a $5.6 million price tag.
    The Shoppes at Eagles Landing is the first phase of a 250-acre site being developed by RIS, Inc., on Business Highway 54 in Lake Ozark. Plans call for more than 700,000 square feet of retail space in the first phase. The second phase consists of more retail and commercial space, while the third phase is intended for residential.
    Menards, a building supply store, was the first to submit a letter of intent to build on the property, however, withdrew it in 2009 with hopes of returning after a year. The company has since re-affirmed its intention to build in Lake Ozark but on a different part of the property.
    Gary Prewitt, owner of RIS, Inc., has spent more than $23 million on site work on the first phase of the project. Another $12-14 million is needed to make accommodations in phase two for Menards.
    Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Kohl’s department store as applying for the parking variance. Developer Gary Prewitt, owner of RIS, Inc., made the request, which encompasses where Kohl’s intends to build.
    Contact Deanna Wheeler at deanna.wheeler@lakesunonline.com.

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