Shawnee Mission district buys 6.4 acres along railroad in Merriam for future warehouse at $1.5 million

The 6.4 acres is a vacant parcel along the railroad tracks in Merriam.
The 6.4 acres is a vacant parcel along the railroad tracks in Merriam.

In addition to the purchase of the Entercom property in Westwood as a possible future school site, the Shawnee Mission School Board this week also approved buying 6.4 acres of land in Merriam for just over $1.5 million.

The acreage is at 6445 Carter Avenue in Merriam, a vacant building and lot that housed American Cast Iron Pipe. The lot lies east of the railroad tracks and west of car dealerships that front I-35. It is close to the intersection of 65th Street. The property has a railroad spur.

The purchase was approved as part of the consent agenda at this week’s board meeting without discussion. The Entercom property purchase was done in the same manner. The school board agreed to buy 6.5 acres of the Entercom property, not the entire 7.51 acres at the site, for $1,386,560.

Superintendent Jim Hinson said the land would be used for a warehouse and combine functions on one site that include maintenance and operations.