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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:34:34 CDT

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Attempted suicide, mental illness become message of hope at Blue Valley high schools http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article33250371.html#storylink=rss Kevin Hines, who survived a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, urges students to reach out for help and to provide a helping hand for those who need it.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:23:56 CDT

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Concerns about height prompt Overland Park council to return InterUrban Lofts to planning board http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article33197556.html#storylink=rss The project, proposed for the corner of 79th and Conser streets in downtown Overland Park, had already been recommended for approval. It would feature 41 residential units, 8,500 square feet of first-floor office space, a 53-space underground parking garage and a large open deck.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:22:18 CDT

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New trampoline park opens in Overland Park http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article33204963.html#storylink=rss Urban Air Trampoline Park has opened in south Overland Park offering 10,000-square-feet of trampolines for children and adults, three-story play area, slam dunk track, dodgeball court and more. Winstead’s closes at 103rd and Metcalf Avenue.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:48:15 CDT

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Overland Park looks to create comprehensive TIF policy http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article33196767.html#storylink=rss The city’s council wanted a new TIF policy since the city is experiencing more and more requests from developers for the use of the economic development tool. A TIF is when certain development costs are paid by the incremental increase in taxes that would be generated from the district’s redevelopment.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:20:39 CDT

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Planning Commission OKs rezoning for big project on Brookridge site http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article32392389.html#storylink=rss It was déjà vu for the Overland Park Planning Commission on Monday evening.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:13:21 CDT

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Overland Park’s Olive Tree branches out with flavor-infused oil and vinegar http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/chow-town/article32391981.html#storylink=rss At Olive Tree, a specialty food store in Overland Park’s Hawthorne Plaza, owner Mindy Lindeman shares her passion for food — and samples of infused olive oil — with customers.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:10:28 CDT

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Arts and Heritage Center designed to shine at former King Louie site http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article32388864.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

The public will get its chance to weigh in on the plans for the former King Louie bowling alley and ice rink Monday during a series of half-hour presentations at Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club, 9101 Nall Ave. The presentations will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:43:35 CDT

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Touch of Fun in Leawood offers plenty of options http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article32306556.html#storylink=rss The retailer, located on the north side of Town Center Shopping Center in Leawood, is a children’s boutique, art studio, spa and photo studio — all in one.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:04:42 CDT

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Troy Rettig named as Leawood chief; John Meier is honored for his service http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article31430510.html#storylink=rss A new police chief is set to take over in Leawood on Sept. 18.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:09:57 CDT

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Jocoscape: Dave & Buster’s coming to Overland Park http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article31402397.html#storylink=rss Corbin Park said Dave & Buster’s will open in a 40,000-square-foot, two-story building in spring 2016. Pie Five Pizza Co. adds new Johnson County locations. Slim Chickens is now open in Overland Park.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:40:11 CDT

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Downtown Overland Park project inches forward http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article31376048.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

A $39 million mixed-use development, proposed for 80th and Marty, is closer to becoming a reality. At its meeting Monday night, the council approved a redevelopment district for the project, titled The Vue, which now makes it eligible for tax increment financing, otherwise known as a TIF.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:16:48 CDT

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Mr. Gyros brings Greek cuisine to Overland Park and beyond http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-diversions/article30708174.html#storylink=rss When Mr. Gyros opened in Overland Park in 1982, it was one of a handful of Greek restaurants in the Kansas City area. More than 30 years later, the popularity of gyros and baklava has grown, and the family-owned fast casual concept has expanded to Olathe and, soon, Leawood.

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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:01:27 CDT

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Will a big-box store be part of Central Square at the old Metcalf South? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article30707958.html#storylink=rss The development plan for the south side of the project at 95th Street and Metcalf Avenue currently includes a 177,000-square-foot big box tenant, but the city’s planning staff recommended denial of the entire project. Planner Keith Gooch told the Planning Commission the massive parking lot doesn’t adhere to the city’s Vision Metcalf guidelines, which call for less surface parking, more mixed use and well-designed streetscapes along the Metcalf commercial corridor.

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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:58:52 CDT

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A passion for pretend keeps Elite Comics in business for two decades http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article29981766.html#storylink=rss With the start of Kansas City’s 2015 Comic Con this weekend, there’s one Johnson County business that will be heavily in the mix.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:20:19 CDT

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Overland Park throws a final bash for decommissioned Roe Pool http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article29954481.html#storylink=rss Because of the pool’s deteriorating condition and low attendance, the city decided to close it this season. However, Roe park, which surrounds it, will be revitalized with amenities including a playground, a nature play area and a wet play area with 14 aquatic features.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:20:42 CDT

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US Youth Soccer national championships to return to Overland Park in 2019, 2020 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mls/article29554849.html#storylink=rss US Youth Soccer announced Thursday that its national championship event will return to the Overland Park Soccer Complex in 2019 and 2020.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:46:51 CDT

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A Lenexa Saints Pub + Patio converts to Beaver Tap Sports Bar as “breastaurant” trend heats up http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article29209717.html#storylink=rss The Saints Pub + Patio on Quivira has been converted to Beaver Tap Sports Bar. 1889 Pizza Napoletana plans to open in the NorthWood Shopping Center at 2872 W. 47th Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:07:27 CDT

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Pita Blu brings its own take on Greek to area http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article29094556.html#storylink=rss Athens native Yiannis Klathis has opened Pita Blu in Overland Park, offering traditional — and not-so-traditional — Greek food on the go.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:57:17 CDT

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Error sends Brookridge project back to planning commission for new public hearing http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article29091490.html#storylink=rss Overland Park officials determined that the developer of the massive project at Interstate 435 and Antioch Road did not properly notify nearby property owners of this month’s public hearing.

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Overland Park yard becomes the front line for code enforcement dispute http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article28824061.html#storylink=rss Critical of what he calls intrusive city government, an Overland Park man uses property near 95th Street and Switzer Road to make a public point. Furniture, microwave ovens, a stereo system, a propane grill, three refrigerators, and a Kitchen Aid were among the dozens of items blanketing the grass in front of the split-level home.

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Emily Hart Bridal in Overland Park was born from small beginnings http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article28429867.html#storylink=rss Emily Hart Brown has built her bridal shop up from small beginnings, and it has grown and moved. She’s also a pro at multi-tasking with her business and four small children.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:24:18 CDT

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Rezoning, incentives approved for Glenwood Plaza site in Overland Park http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article28023931.html#storylink=rss A $97.5 million mixed-use project, named The Promontory, will feature 153,944 square feet of retail and 420 apartment units. The project is the first “that fits Vision Metcalf in the 95th and Metcalf node,” says Overland Park Councilman Curt Skoog.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:02:31 CDT

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Overland Park Planning Commission approves rezoning for Brookridge project http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article27220333.html#storylink=rss Overland Park city staff recommended denial of the project and neighbors strongly opposed it. The plan calls for 2.2 million square feet of office space along Interstate 435. It also features more than 300,000 square feet of retail, around 2,000 multi-family units, a 650-seat movie theater, a 3,500-seat indoor performance venue and a 550-room hotel. The project also features a large park along Indian Creek.

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:30:01 CDT

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Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open in Overland Park’s Nall Hills http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article26688886.html#storylink=rss The store will take part of a space currently home to Nuts and Bolts. Nuts and Bolts plans to relocate. Two first-to-market fast-casual chicken chains plan to open in Overland Park.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:57:21 CDT

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Urban living, art center projects could give downtown Overland Park a cooler vibe http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/northeast-joco/article26653516.html#storylink=rss The city council took action on several projects — a popular art center and three mixed-use developments —that could breathe a hipper energy into the shopping district near 79th Street and Metcalf Avenue.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:24:32 CDT

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Overland Park council, neighbors decry proposed apartment complex http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article26650498.html#storylink=rss Most of the council members said they thought the three acres of land at U.S. 69 and 143rd Street shouldn’t be rezoned for apartments. The proposed apartment complex would cater to empty-nesters, with spacious bathrooms, master bedrooms on the first floor and ample handicapped parking. There is not an age-restriction on the units, however.

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Local winner of Lenexa barbecue battle is veteran Pitmaster http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article26098297.html#storylink=rss “Never go into a contest expecting to win,” Grand Champion Rod Gray says. “If you do, you’re going to wind up sad and miserable most of the time. There’re lots of good cooks out there who’ve been doing it a long time and they’re out to win, too.”

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Starlight season brings two home to Overland Park as they live their dreams http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article25928167.html#storylink=rss Starlight Theatre’s summer season is homecoming for two young women from Overland Park who are living their dreams of Broadway careers.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:25:39 CDT

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Husband-wife team building a business with electronics franchise http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25828360.html#storylink=rss Dave Root spent three decades in business-to-business sales while his wife, Liz Root, worked in retail. The couple was looking for a business where they could team up — and they found it with Device Pitstop located in southern Overland Park. Device Pitstop buys, sells, trades, services and upgrades laptops and mobile devices below original prices.

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