Developers revise plan for old Sears site on Metcalf, removing apartments and adding day care

The former Sears building has been vacant since late 2017. Originally, developers proposed a four- to five-level apartment building on part of the site, but residents in a neighborhood nearby raised concerns. A revised site plan no longer includes the apartments, among other changes. File photo.

 A 300-unit apartment building that had prompted neighbors’ concerns is no longer part of the redevelopment plan for the former Sears building near 97th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

The removal of the planned multi-level building, which was near a neighborhood to the south and east of the property, is part of several significant changes that are being proposed for the nearly 19-acre property on the south end of the site once occupied by Metcalf South Shopping Center, which was mostly demolished in 2017.

The former Sears building is the only remaining structure from the mall. The north end of the old mall tract is now taken up mostly by a Lowe’s home improvement store at 95th and Metcalf.