Prairie Village council looks to move forward with stripped down renovation of city hall courtyard

A rendering of the "good" plan for the revamped Prairie Village courtyard area. Graphic by Hollis+Miller).
A rendering of the “good” plan for the revamped Prairie Village courtyard area. Graphics by Hollis+Miller.

There wasn’t much appetite for bells and whistles among the Prairie Village City Council on Monday as it considered potential designs for the renovation of the city hall courtyard.

As currently configured, the courtyard receives little use, with its signature waterfall feature dormant for much of the year. Planners began looking at schematics for reworking the courtyard area earlier this year in response to its crumbling brickwork. But the initial estimates of $800,000 for renovations prompted the council to direct architects to come back with a simpler approach.

Architects from Hollis+Miller on Monday walked the council through three options — dubbed “good,” “better,” and “best” — that all included the construction of a graduated staircase, new ADA-compliant ramp, and semi-circle patio. Additionally, the “better” and “best” options would include the paving of part or the whole of the area next to the quarter-circle police department walkway. The “good” option came in at $456,000. “Better” would cost $577,000 and “best” $744,000.

Asked to provide direction to the city on which design option to pursue, the council voted overwhelmingly in favor of the stripped down “good” option. City staff will use that input to finalize a design plan for the project, which will likely come up later this year for final approval.

An aerial view of the plan favored by the Prairie Village City Council.
An aerial view of the plan favored by the Prairie Village City Council.