Food trucks could be coming to the corner of 47th Street and Mission Road in Roeland Park.
A proposal for a special use permit for the vacant lot passed 4-2 at the Roeland Park Planning Commission meeting June 30 and is set to go before the city council for a vote July 20.
If approved, the permit would authorize up to three food trucks to operate on the lot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Interim City Administrator Mark Pentz said the permit would allow for the 12 to 24 months that the developer might need to secure a restaurant partner for the location, which shares an intersection with Taco Republic and Joe’s Kansas City.
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“The developer, the owner and the city are confident this location will attract a first-rate restaurant,” Pentz said.
Earlier this year, the city ordered the structure on the property to be torn down. Pentz noted that the area is short on parking options and Taco Republic has been using the lot on a temporary permit for overflow parking.
Pentz said that the developer, Tony Krsnich, president of Flint Hills Holdings, the company that owns the vacant lot, is making the case that using the space for food trucks and overflow parking will help generate interest in the location from restaurateurs who want to launch a unique establishment.
Roeland Park City Council was set to receive public comments on the issue Monday, but the meeting was postponed due to inclement weather. The new hearing date had not yet been published as of press time.