Big Overland Park mixed-use project City Place moves forward

01/15/2014 10:14 AM

01/15/2014 9:40 PM

City Place, a blend of apartments, offices and retail space planned for the heart of Overland Park, has been endorsed unanimously by the City Planning Commission.

The $350 million development proposed by BK Properties covers a 93-acre parcel southwest of College Boulevard and U.S. 69 and a 44-acre section northeast of College and Nieman.

The planning commission Tuesday approved the 93-acre part of the development and delayed consideration of the 44-acre parcel at the request of BK Properties, an entity sponsored by Block Real Estate Services. The developer is proposing a 335-unit apartment development for the smaller tract.

BK Properties wants to build a 1,382-unit apartment complex, a 140-unit senior housing complex, four office buildings totaling 600,250 square feet and 40,000 square feet of retail on the larger parcel southwest of College and U.S. 69 backed by the planning commission.

The recommendation now goes to the Overland Park City Council for final consideration on Feb. 3.

“We were pleased to receive the support of the planning commission on our revised plan, and we look forward to presenting our development to the City Council,” developer Ken Block said.

The City Place development is being proposed for an area that had been slated for a project called the Galleria in 1984. The Galleria development would have added 1.6 million square of commercial space, including high-rise offices, a hotel, retail and a cultural center.

After that plan failed to materialize, the property, owned by B.F. Saul Co. of Bethesda, Md., has remained essentially pasture and cropland.

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