Lenexa OKs next phase of Ridgeview Mining TIF project; How Sandhills Brewing keeps selling beer in downtown Mission

Construction is underway for the Ridgeview Mining TIF District, an expansive redevelopment site south of Prairie Star Parkway in Lenexa. City leaders recently approved the fifth project plan for the site.

Lenexa OKs next phase of Ridgeview Mining TIF project

The Lenexa city council on Tuesday unanimously approved Redevelopment Project Plan 5 for the Ridgeview Mining TIF District, a project on 25 acres in the southwest corner of Ridgeview Road and Prairie Star Parkway.

Lenexa established the original district in June 1997 and it now includes about 961 surface and subsurface acres. This will be the fifth TIF project plan within the district.

The project includes:

  • A five-story mixed-use development with about 15,000 square feet of retail and 150 residential units
  • A three-story 100,000 square foot self-storage facility
  • About 36,000 square feet of retail uses in six buildings
  • Related infrastructure and landscaping

Leading the project is Jayhawk Ridge LLC. The TIF increment generated from the district will be used to reimburse Jayhawk Ridge for a portion of its eligible costs associated with the project.

The developer and Lenexa will split the TIF revenues 50/50 during the 20-year term. The developer will be reimbursed a maximum of $15 million in TIF revenues. The TIF is pay-as-you-go, which means the developer will only be reimbursed to the extent that related revenues are actually received by the city.

Construction must start in 2021, according to the agreement.

Sandhills Brewing Company adjusts operations during COVID-19 pandemic

While taprooms are shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of them have adjusted operations to serve customers with curbside pickup orders to accommodate the state and federal mandates for them to close.

Sandhills Brewing Company is one such brewery; located in downtown Mission, the microbrewery has managed to keep all of its full-time and part-time staff. [Local breweries in Kansas trying to adapt in a time of social distancing — The Journal]

Prairie Village gives additional vacation time for city employees

Prairie Village is giving additional vacation time for city employees who have worked during the COVID-19 pandemic and related stay-at-home order.

In a letter to city staff Wednesday morning, Mayor Eric Mikkelson said the new vacation benefit is as follows: “City employees who have physically worked (in person) from March 23, 2020 through the conclusion of the stay-at-home order will receive 8 hours of vacation for each week worked with a maximum cap of 5 days.”

Mikkelson said there may be some “extenuating circumstances” for employees, so they may discuss interpreting the new vacation policy with the city manager.

The mayor also thanked employees for the hard work, especially over the past few weeks.

“Thank you for stepping up with remarkable courage, flexibility, dedication, effort and innovation to serve Prairie Village while protecting your health, the health of your fellow employees, and of our residents,” Mikkelson wrote. “You’ve successfully and safely kept essential and emergency services running smoothly through some of the most challenging days in Prairie Village history.

“Because of you our City was uniquely positioned to enter this crisis from a position of strength. Because of you, our City has stayed ahead of this…and saved lives. And I am confident that, because of you, we will restore this City to thrive again after the crisis subsides.”

Mission police officer brightens up Rushton student’s birthday

The coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to many events around Shawnee Mission, but birthdays aren’t one of them for kids in Mission. Mission police officer Jay Fleer, the same officer who rounded up his colleagues to sing a 10-year-old Highland Elementary School student happy birthday last month, is at it again.

Fleer showed up to one Rushton Elementary School student’s home with birthday lights, a special bear and his singing skills. Below is a tweet posted by the elementary student’s teacher, Roxie Brensing.

Roeland Park United Methodist Church to distribute food on Fridays starting April 10

The Roeland Park United Methodist Church, 5110 Cedar Street, will begin distributing food to those in need on Friday, April 10, and every Friday thereafter from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who request donations can drive up, and those donations will be brought to their cars.

If you are considered at-risk due to age or underlying conditions, you can request for your donations to be delivered by contacting Nancy Pauls at nancy.pauls@roelandparkkumc.org.