Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


New neighborhood watch signs available in Roeland Park. The redesigned neighborhood watch signs are about to go up around Roeland Park. The more friendly and inclusive watch signs were designed by Mayor Joel Marquardt who is both an accomplished artist and architect. The city ordered 50 of the new signs which will be distributed across neighborhoods. The ring of people around the perimeter of the sign includes an eclectic array representing a diverse community working together. They replace the last version which were a bit less friendly looking.

Business Journal recaps history of Meadowbrook development proposals. Rob Roberts at the Kansas City Business Journal has a good piece summarizing the many redevelopment proposals that have been on the table for Meadowbrook throughout the years, and also explores when a commercial developer might be willing to leave some of the land as green space. [Meadowbrook nears end of long redevelopment drive — Kansas City Business Journal]

SB 71, which would strip JoCo districts of millions, stirs controversy in capitol. The proposal to alter supplemental school funding for public schools during the current school year, which is half over, generated intense discussion at the capitol Tuesday. The bill, SB 71, is projected to strip Shawnee Mission schools of $4.1 million — a bigger loss than any district in the state. Education officials testified before a Kansas Senate committee Tuesday, telling the panel that a bill to cut $39 million in supplemental school funding will result in immediate cutbacks. Under the plan, Johnson County schools would lose the greatest amount of money. [Educators denounce bill tweaking K-12 state aid formula — Topeka Capital-Journal[Kansas school officials say funding bill would cut programs – Associated Press]

Developer pitches major makeover for Gateway Plaza. The Metcalf South area may not be the only part of the Overland Park thoroughfare to see redevelopment in the coming years. Arbor Development LLC is seeking public incentives from the city of Overland Park to redevelop the Gateway Plaza at 91st Street and Metcalf Ave. [Metcalf South project has company: a $97M makeover of Gateway Plaza — Kansas City Business Journal]

Two Prairie Village restaurants participating in Shawnee Mission Health Heart Health Month partnership. Two northeast Johnson County eateries are offering special heart-healthy dishes as part of a promotion put together by Shawnee Mission Health. Story and Tavern in the Village are two of the seven metro area restaurants donating 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of special heart healthy dishes conceived for the Heart Health Month program. Story’s heart healthy offering is a chicken breast served with cauliflower, spinach and sweet potato. Tavern has fresh grilled salmon topped with pineapple salsa over sautéed kale and quinoa with grilled asparagus and red bell peppers.

SM North jazz bands to host spring program. The SM North area jazz banks will host the 14th annual “Spring Swing” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 in the school cafeteria. Big band music, a la Glenn Miller, will be played all evening. Free dance lessons will be provided by professional instructors. Admission of $15 for adults and $7 for students (under 5 free) includes appetizers, desserts and the chocolate fountain bar.