Owner of Metcalf South Shopping Center sets two meetings for public comment

04/08/2014 4:20 PM

04/08/2014 10:46 PM

The new owners of Metcalf South Shopping Center want the public to weigh in on a redevelopment plan for the 1960s-era mall in Overland Park.

Kansas City’s Lane4 Property Group and The Kroenke Group of Columbia purchased the center in late February. Now Lane4 has scheduled two public meetings later this month seeking comments and suggestions from the community regarding its redevelopment.

Owen Buckley, president and founder of Lane4, said it will take several months before a solid plan for redeveloping the property crystallizes, but it is likely the mall will be razed. He said he wants to deliver a project that “immediately boosts the surrounding area and stands the test of time.”

The purchase also included, just to the north of the mall, the 95 West Shopping Center anchored by a vacant Kmart. The properties cover about 62 acres at 95th Street and Metcalf Avenue, one of the busiest intersections of Overland Park.

Macy’s at Metcalf South recently closed as part of a corporate restructuring. Sears, which owns its property at Metcalf South and has been part of the mall since the beginning, is expected to be part of the plan. DLR Group in Overland Park has been selected as designer.

The public meetings will be at 7 p.m. April 24 and April 29 at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. The public also can comment at

www.thenewmetcalf.com

, which will be up Wednesday.

“They live there, they will be our customers and they know what they need, probably more than anyone. So we want to get their input,” Buckley said. “We like having these meetings. We learn a lot.”

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