Overland Park planning commission advances mixed-use plan for former Shawnee Mission Parkway Ramada site

An overhead view of the project plan looking toward the northwest.
An overhead view of the project plan looking toward the northwest.

The Overland Park Planning Commission on Monday approved Sky Real Estate LLC’s proposal to replace the shuttered Ramada Inn at northwest intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf with a mixed-use development that will include a new hotel, self-storage facility, retail strip and restaurants.

The new hotel would be considerably smaller than the Ramada, with 108 hotel rooms compared to the Ramada’s 195. The hotel would front Shawnee Mission Parkway and face south. To its north would site a 77,250 square foot self-storage facility. An 8,600 specialty retail center, 5,600 square foot sit down restaurant and 2,500 fast food restaurant with a fast food window would sit on the east side of the property.

Polsinelli PC attorney Korb Maxwell, who is representing Sky Real Estate in the matter, said the proposal offered a significant improvement for a property that was deteriorating.

“This is one of the most troubled sites in Overland Park,” Maxwell told the commission Monday. “So bringing forward a bright new future for it that has development like you see here — first class, high quality, modern class A retail, hotel and storage — seems like an excellent use given its location.”

Commissioner Mike Flanagan agreed with Maxwell’s assessment of the land, saying the property needed investment.

“This is one of the key intersections in the city…and has been in need of some improvement for many years,” Flanagan said.

Maxwell indicated after the meeting that the plan should come before the city council for final approval later this month. He expects the company will be working with the city on the planning and permitting process through the spring, with an expected ground breaking on the new development set for this summer.

The city’s administration said that the council’s Finance, Administration and Economic Development Committee was expected to take up a request from the developer for tax increment finance and community improvement district public incentives at its meeting Jan. 31.