Demolition of old Kmart in Merriam set to start in October

Merriam City Council approved three items related to the issuance of industrial revenue bonds for the Merriam Grand Station project on Aug. 22. File image courtesy Drake Development.

The Merriam Grand Station project on the former Kmart site at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch Road includes sites for three restaurants and two hotels. Above, a rendering of the plan. File image.

The old Kmart along Shawnee Mission Parkway in Merriam, which has stood empty for nearly a decade, will finally be torn down in the coming weeks, paving the way for a new $130 million mixed-use development on the site at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch Road.

Driving the news: Matt Pennington, president of Drake Development, told the Post via email that asbestos remediation will begin at the site later this month.