Ten-year-old David Lye took first place at this year’s Olathe Public Schools Spelling Bee. Students from 44 Olathe elementary and middle schools, along with a student from one private school, competed.
The Planning Commission voted unanimously at its regular meeting to recommend approval of rezoning almost 37 acres at the northwest corner of 106th Street and Ridgeview Road to allow the construction of nine soccer fields and a three-story, 110-room hotel.
Sophie Schneider, who attends Mission Trail Middle School, was named the winner of the NFL Play 60 Super Bowl contest. The announcement was made on “Good Morning America., with Cairo Santos and Dustin Colquitt of the Chiefs on hand to offer congratulations to the young Chiefs fan.
The surrounding area is largely undeveloped and used for farming. The city’s future land use plan has considered the area near 167th Street and U.S. 169 Highway ripe for large industrial uses, not multifamily residential.
Council members voted 4-0 to establish the 270.5-acre district atop the former mall, which is being demolished after closing in 2015. STAR bonds allow developers to use local and state sales taxes generated by a redeveloped property to pay off half the debt on the project. However, the project must be a tourism development expected to draw visitors from at least 100 miles away.