Consultants identify 3 locations along Quivira for potential redevelopment as ‘lifestyle centers,’ senior housing

Quivira poses challenges to pedestrians at many intersections at present. Photo via city of Lenexa.

Two sites along Quivira Road in Lenexa present attractive redevelopment opportunities that could transform the busy thoroughfare with a “lifestyle center” that would provide shopping, housing and office space, and another would be a good fit for a new senior housing project.

At a final public meeting capping a months-long study process, consultants on Wednesday gave an overview of recommendations for the future of the Quivira Road corridor from 79th to 99th Streets.

An overview of the sites with high redevelopment potential identified by Lenexa consultants. Click to enlarge.

The study found that there was likely enough demand in the market to support at least one new “lifestyle center” along the stretch. Such mixed-use developments, like Park Place in Leawood or the proposed Edison project in downtown Overland Park, are becoming increasingly popular. Jennifer Pangborn, one of the planning consultants who shepherded the project, told the audience that the group believed such a project would be possible without the city giving a developer finance incentives.

The consultants identified the Broadway Plaza and Orchard Corners parcels at 97th and Quivira as a good fit for such a project.

The Oak Park Commons East parcel two blocks away at 95th Street and Quivira could be a good fit as well.

The consultants also pegged the Four Colonies Plaza property at 79th Street and Quivira as a good potential location for a new independent senior living project.

The group’s recommendations are only advisory, and have no bearing on city action or private property owners. However, Pangborn said, the city will likely keep those opportunities in mind in the coming years, and it should begin seeking input from area property owners on the ideas, and review its current zoning and regulations at the sites to see if they can accommodate such projects.

The consultants also presented a series of recommendations about making the corridor more accessible to bikers, pedestrians, and people using multiple modes of transportation. Those recommendations include construction of a series of bike lanes and walking paths, as well as street calming infrastructure like protected crosswalks.

Full video of the consultants’ presentation is embedded below:

Quivira corridor presentation in Lenexa

Posted by Shawnee Mission Post on Wednesday, February 21, 2018