The site, located at the northwest corner of Truman Road and Forest Avenue, consists of approximately 2.95 acres. The site is part of a larger 10 acre site that will be retained by the City of Independence. The building is a two-level, ADA accessible, approximately 10,000 square foot building. The included asphalt parking lots provide a total of 62 parking spaces. The original 7,000 square foot building was constructed in 1965, and a 3,000 square foot addition was added in 1973.
The building, since its construction, has been used by the City of Independence as administrative offices for the Water Department and customer service functions until November 2016 when the Independence Utilities Center (IUC) was opened. Since that time, the City has maintained the building.
In June 2018, the City issued the Reuse of City Property – Former Water Department Building Request for Proposals. A single response was received from Ararat Shriners, to move their Temple from Kansas City to central Independence, a reuse of the building that meets the expectations of the City as set forth in that request for proposals. The developer proposed plan is to remodel the space for their fraternal meeting facility.
The developer will pay $20,000 for the property. Upon receipt of the purchase price, the City will convey the property to developer by special warranty deed. The developer will be responsible for all costs associated with the conveyance, including, but not limited to title insurance and recording costs.
As part of the agreement, the developer is required to apply for rezoning of the property to the appropriate commercial zoning within six months of receiving title to the property. In addition, the developer shall design, engineer and construct the improvements necessary to achieve occupancy at its own expense and is required to complete those improvements within eighteen months after the rezoning.