Overland Park homeowners reiterate objections to proposed 500-unit apartment building on Metcalf

Neighboring homeowners said they were worried about the size of the proposed project. Rendering credit BGO Architects.

Neighbors of a controversial proposed 500-unit apartment building at 127th Street and Metcalf Avenue were no happier this week after voicing their concerns with the developer. Nevertheless, a sharply divided Overland Park City Council moved the Sorrento Place project forward Monday night, citing a change in building patterns along the corridor.

Councilman Faris Farassati, who represents the ward where the apartment would be located, said he didn’t think the design fit with the surrounding area.

The council voted 7-5 to rezone the 12.7 acres from office use to allow for two six-story apartment buildings which were characterized by one resident as “huge” and “monstrous.” About 30 people showed up at the meeting to oppose the project.