Overland Park council says Shamrock project positive for 95th Street, even if it doesn’t fit Vision Metcalf

A rendering of the proposed office towers Shamrock Trading Corp. plans to build on the former French Market site.

Office towers weren’t exactly what Overland Park residents had in mind when they planned a vibrant Metcalf Avenue corridor full of shops and pedestrians. But city council members defended a project at 95th Street and Metcalf by the Shamrock Trading Corp. as a vast improvement that could one day accomplish the goals of Vision Metcalf, if indirectly.

“I know it is not exactly that mixed use we’ve been working on,” said Councilmember Chris Newlin. File photo.

The council unanimously approved a tax incentive package Monday that will allow Shamrock to get started on the first phase of building at the site of the former French Market. After demolition of that building, Shamrock will put up the first of three office towers in the $262 million project. The city will allow tax increment financing revenues (off part of the expected increase in property values) to go toward $39.7 million of some development costs. Another $7 million of the revenue will go to the city to make improvements along Metcalf from 91st Street to 97th Street.