Back taxes on Merriam Kmart property were not paid by June 1 deadline required for TIF incentive

Merriam Kmart sign

Developers failed to pay delinquent taxes on the long-vacant Kmart site in Merriam by the city-imposed June 1 deadline. File photo.

This story has been updated to clarify the ownership structure of the properties involved. Block & Company does not directly own the Kmart or Taco Bell properties.

Delinquent taxes on the the long-vacant Kmart site remained unpaid on the June 1 deadline Merriam officials had set for developers to get a tax incentive for the revitalization of the Taco Bell property across the street.

County records show taxes stopped being paid on the property in 2019 and that the total amount currently due is more than $150,000. Not only is the sale of the Kmart property — and its subsequent redevelopment — contingent on the property being current on taxes, so is the Taco Bell redevelopment across the street at 8800 Shawnee Mission Parkway.