Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Developers planning for restaurant plaza on site of former Dillards building at Ward Parkway. Legacy Development announced Monday that it plans to build a 31,000 square foot U-shaped facility at Ward Parkway Center that will house six new restaurants. The tenants are expected to be named when ground breaks on the project in January. The facility will be built on the site of the demolished Dillard’s building. [Ward Parkway Center will add 6 more restaurants — Kansas City Star]

Leawood restaurant company sold. HRI, a Leawood company that owns such restaurant brands as Houlihans, announced that it has been sold to York Capital Management. HRI was founded in 1972 and owns or franchises more than 90 restaurants across the country. In addition to the Houlihan’s brand, it operates restaurants under the names of J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Bristol Seafood Grill. [York Capital to buy HRI]

Merriam to delay new accessibility icon to spring. Merriam city officials told the council Monday night that they will delay putting down the new disabled access icon at handicapped spaces around city hall until spring. The council on a split vote had decided to apply the new icon on pavement spots and use the decal rather than paint. The application will be delayed to wait for warmer weather which is more conducive to the successful application of the decal.

Cameras now monitoring Merriam intersections. The Merriam Police Department now can monitor seven intersections along Johnson Drive and Antioch with traffic cameras that have been installed. Information recorded by the cameras is stored for 10 days. Police chief Mike Daniels said the storage time would be beneficial to police department needs for the information but “not intrusive the citizens.”

Johnson County earns Local Health Department of the Year honor from Kansas Association of Local Health Departments. Johnson County’s Health Department is tops in Kansas, according to the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments. The county’s operation was named “Local Health Department of the Year” in part on account of its management of a tuberculosis event earlier this year. [Johnson County named Local Health Department of the Year — Johnson County Government]

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