The council took the first step toward granting development districts for public financing of $2.4 billion project. Council also approved a fourth story on Vince & Associates Clinical Research building, despite residents’ protests.
Curtin Property Co. is seeking about $610 million in public funding, which includes a Community Improvement District, state STAR bonds, a tax-increment financing district and $27 million in cash from the city of Overland Park’s general fund between 2015 and 2017 for land and infrastructure, according to city documents, which provide for the first detailed look at at the project.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
School district patrons are concerned that the Shawnee Mission Environmental Science Laboratory — a 22-acre fenced site adjacent to Shawnee Mission South High School at 107th street and Nall Avenue featuring prairie, woodlands, a pond and stream — is being considered as a possible site for a proposed aquatic center.