The 47th and Mission Road corridor, which has seen the start of transformation with new retail and restaurant life in recent years, may get another boost with the revamping of the Fairway North Shopping Center. Lane4 Property Group is planning to purchase and remodel the center. Fairway North lies just to the east of Oklahoma Joe’s (Joe’s Kansas City) restaurant.
Although the more than four-acre shopping center is in Kansas City, Kan., it is within the overlay district that is jointly administered by KCK, Roeland Park and Westwood, the three cities that come together at the 47th and Mission Road intersection and have worked together on guidelines for redevelopment of the district. The Fairway North center has more than 51,000 square feet of leasable space, but has several vacancies currently.
Hunter Harris of Lane4 told the overlay commitee Friday that the shopping center is under contract and that Lane4 intends to give the center “a new life.” Improvements include a new facade and roof for the two buildings in the center plus landscaping, parking lot and signage work. Harris said Lane4 “was inspired by the work we did with Corinth (Square).” The renovated center is called NorthWood Shopping Center on the new drawings. The property includes parking space behind the buildings.
Among current tenants are Maj-R Thrift, Fairway Liquors, China Tom’s and a pay day loan office. Harris told the committee that Lane4 would improve the tenant mix over the next one to 10 years. He said some leases still have significant time left and that no new tenants have been signed yet.
Plans call for one entrance to be closed and potentially a patio to be added at the west end and a drive-through at the east end. Harris said Lane4 can’t afford to build new. Though it would like to have more building at the street front it “(has) to play the hand we’re dealt. We can’t change the building.” He said tearing a building down was “financially unfeasible.” The improvements will total more than $1.5 million. Lane4 is asking for financial assistance, including a Community Improvement District, from KCK.
Committee members questioned the drive-through and the depth of new landscaping along the sidewalk. They also suggested buildings along the street front would be more in keeping with guidelines for the area.
The district has seen the new Walmart grocery on the southeast corner of 47th and Mission and Taco Republic on the northwest corner built in recent years. The southwest corner also has been sold and most tenants have left. Farther down the street, Lulu’s Asian Bistro recently opened and the Woodside Village development on Rainbow, which will anchor the end of the corridor, is under construction.