Request withdrawn to add new building behind Shawnee Mission Parkway offices

The three buildings along Shawnee Mission Parkway all are being renovated.
The three buildings along Shawnee Mission Parkway all are being renovated. The 1900 building is to the right of the three.

Plans have been withdrawn for a proposed new building that would have been added behind the property at 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Steve and Neil Karbank, who have renovated a building at 2000 SM Parkway, are in the process of renovating the 1900 SM Parkway building as well. Karbank Real Estate had applied to the Mission Woods Board of Zoning Appeals this fall for variances that would have allowed construction of a completely new building on the 1900 SM Parkway property.

That variance request drew objections from the owners of 1968 SM Parkway, which lies between the two Karbank buildings. Heather Zerger, an attorney representing the city, confirmed that the request for the variance had been withdrawn.

After a sometimes contentious hearing in September, the BZA had tabled the request, asking for more information from the Karbanks. The new building would have been between the buildings that front on SM Parkway and the athletic fields for Pembroke School. The 1968 SM Parkway building also is undergoing renovation, which means the entire row of three buildings in Mission Woods on the north side of the Parkway will have seen major renovations.

It was the second time the neighboring building owners had been at odds. The Karbanks had urged the city to condemn the 1968 building earlier this year and take the property in eminent domain. Attorney Spencer Thomson opposed that moved for the owners and represented them in the latest BZA case.

The Karbanks already had received approvals for major renovations at the 1900 building, including adding a third floor. The Karbank firm also is renovating a large office building in Prairie Village along 75th Street.