The Leavenworth County Port Authority has selected an engineering firm for the proposed development of the Tonganoxie Business Park.

The Leavenworth County Port Authority has selected an engineering firm for the proposed development of the Tonganoxie Business Park.

Port Authority Board of Directors voted Thursday to approve GBA, Lenexa, as the engineering firm for the project.

Port Authority officials have proposed developing the land on a portion of the existing 237-acre Tonganoxie Business Park, 21795 Kansas Ave., so it can accommodate businesses.

Port Authority officials also have proposed developing a new 80-acre industrial park at 14th Street and Eisenhower Road in Leavenworth.

The Port Authority board may hear a presentation about plans for the Leavenworth park later this month, according to Steve Jack, executive director of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation.

LCDC is a partner organization of the Port Authority.

Port Authority Vice Chairman Bill New said it has not yet been determined how much GBA will be paid for services for the Tonganoxie Business Park.

"We will negotiate that fee," he said.

He said it also has not been determined how much of the Tonganoxie Business Park will be developed.

Jack said a business already wants to move into the Tonganoxie Business Park.

Jack has not released the name of the company, which is wanting to occupy 30 acres of the industrial park.

He refers to the project by a code name, Project Lock.

Jack said a real estate sales agreement is being negotiated with the company.

New, who presided over Thursday's meeting, welcomed Blaine Weeks as the newest member of the Port Authority board.

Weeks' appointment to the board was approved last week by the Leavenworth County Commission and Leavenworth City Commission. He also currently serves as the president of LCDC.

Weeks was appointed to the Port Authority to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Greg Kaaz.

Kaaz resigned to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Kaaz was in attendance Thursday.

"Greg, we've appreciated your contribution to the board," New said.

New also said the Port Authority was "glad to have Blaine with us."

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