New plan for Aspiria in Overland Park includes go-karts, apartments

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Included in the first phase of development at Aspiria in Overland Park is a plan for a 100,000-square-foot indoor gaming facility operated by Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, which runs similar facilities across the country, above. Image via Andretti Karting's Instagram account.

A revised plan for the initial phase of work at Aspiria on the sprawling site of the former Sprint headquarters in south Overland Park now includes an indoor gaming venue and a more than 400-unit apartment complex.

Driving the news: Wichita-based developer Occidental Management received approval from the Overland Park Planning Commission last week for a new preliminary development plan for the first phase of Aspiria, comprising a sliver of land on the northeast side of the complex between Nall Avenue and the Jewish Community Center.

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The first planned phase of work on Aspiria will focus on land between 115th and 117th Streets, just west of Nall and east of the Jewish Community Center (outlined in red, above). Image via Overland Park city documents.

Entertainment facility: At the northwest corner of 117th Street and Nall, Occidental is looking to build a 103,430-square-foot building for Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, an Orlando-based company that operates a chain of go-kart and arcade facilities.

  • Named after Italian-born racing champion Mario Andretti, the entertainment company is known for its multi-level indoor racing tracks and other high-tech entertainment.
  • In addition to electric go-kart racing, other Andretti locations feature a variety of recreational activities, including laser tag, bowling, virtual reality games and arcades.

Other new aspects: In the same area on the campus, the developer plans to construct a 419-unit apartment building, as well as four pickleball courts.

  • The 430,000-square-foot apartment building will sit on the northern half of the campus, along Nall Avenue between 115th and 117th streets.
  • Additionally, the pickleball courts will be located between an exisiting Jewish Community Center parking area and a future building to the southwest.
  • A total of 956 parking spaces are proposed between the apartment building and the Andretti facility.

Bigger picture: The plans approved recently constitute just the first phase of a much larger redevelopment of the former Sprint campus, which comprises more than 200 acres and is expected to take years to fully complete.

What’s next: Before construction can begin, Aspiria must gain approval for this latest development plan from the Overland Park City Council.

  • The plans will come before the council at its Oct. 3 meeting.
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Even as developers plan to build out other parts of the site, the old Sprint campus is also being leased out by Occidental Management. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

A new tenant at Aspiria

In addition to new construction plans, Aspiria recently landed another new tenant for office space inside the former Sprint buildings nearby.

  • Sethmar Transportation, an Overland Park-based freight brokerage firm, signed a 20,000-square-foot lease at the former Sprint campus, with plans to move to the space in October, according to company officials.
  • Sethmar Transportation is just one of several new tenants to sign a lease in a former Sprint building — the portion of Aspiria that Occidental has dubbed “The Campus.”
  • Other recently signed tenants include multi-service technology solutions company TreviPay and international legal and technology solutions company UnitedLex.