Johnson County Commission considers new facility to replace aging mental health, health services buildings

The proposed project would be slated for the site of the existing county Health Services Building. Photo credit Johnson County Appraiser's Office.

Recently lowered interest rates could put a new county health services building planned for Olathe on the fast track. Johnson County Commissioners meeting Thursday (March 12) will begin to consider the pros and cons of a new facility for its Sunset Campus that could cost as much as $54.6 million.

The building would replace the deteriorating Olathe Mental Health center and be built at the site of the existing Health Services Building at 11875 S. Sunset Drive. County officials estimate both of those buildings would need $12.4 million in repairs over the next five years to keep them operational, and $39.5 million over the next 20 years.