Subscriber sign in

Roeland Park officials get look at concepts for redevelopment of Roe Boulevard, Johnson Drive commercial areas

Jay Senter - August 8, 2019 8:13 am
A bird’s eye perspective of one of the concepts for Roe Boulevard.

With the potential for redevelopment on the horizon in the coming several years, Roeland Park officials this week got a look at recommendations from a comprehensive study of aging commercial areas along Roe Boulevard and Johnson Drive.

Funded through a grant from the Mid-America Regional Council’s Planning Sustainable Places initiative, the Roe Boulevard and Johnson Drive Corridor Plan details a handful of potential concepts for the city’s main commercial areas. Chris Cline of the consulting first Confluence presented the results of the months-long study process at Monday’s council workshop. (You can view the full study report here).

Among the common themes from the concepts presented for the Roe Boulevard portion of the project were increasing connectivity to the community center and pool site from Skyline Drive, and the addition of restaurants to the area.

The first two concepts call for relatively minor reconfigurations of the site. The third concept includes the most drastic proposed changes from the current layout, including the potential relocation of Walmart to the land currently occupied by The Boulevard apartments, and the addition of multi-story mixed use buildings throughout the area.

Here’s a look at an aerial view of the site plan from the third concept:

This concept also includes the creation of a “civic green space,” a space currently lacking in Roeland Park.

“An important element in [this concept] is the civic green space that is the center piece of the mixed-use and commercial properties,” reads the report. “Together, the higher-density development and the green space foster a town center environment that is currently lacking in the City of Roeland Park. With regular and consistent programming of the green space, including festivals, outdoor movies, music performances, and community gatherings, this space will become a cherished and iconic public space for the city.”

Here’s a rendering showing the green space envisioned in the study:

In the southern portion of the study area, the strip of commercial property along Johnson Drive that faces the Mission Gateway site, the report envisions free-standing mixed-use, commercial and/or restaurant buildings that would tie in to the Gateway development. Those new buildings would replace the strip of former residential properties that are now zoned for commercial use.

Here’s a look at two of the concepts:

The study is purely advisory, and was intended to give city officials ideas for the types of redevelopment that might best activate the aging commercial sections of the city.

Community Calendar

Sat 24

Lenexa Farmers Market

August 24 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 24

Tiny Tot Triathlon

August 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Mon 26

Power’d Up for 2020

August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 26

Power’d Up for 2020

August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue 27

Lenexa Farmers Market

August 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Briefly Noted: Belinder cup stacker Grace Sharkey places among top 10 girls in Junior Olympics

Belinder Elementary cup stacker Grace Sharkey places the Top 10 All Around Female in Junior Olympics. Belinder Elementary student Grace Sharkey earned 4th place

Lenexa updates code to allow golf carts on some public residential streets

After Lenexa residents posed questions on proper usage of golf carts on residential streets, the city council updated city regulations to make them more

Merriam dedicates new public art, playground relocated to Waterfall Park

Merriam residents had a double celebration on a hot and humid Tuesday night at Waterfall Park. City leaders and staff last night dedicated an

Ad Astra Pool

After hearing resident complaints about planned closure, Lenexa will look into costs to rebuild Ad Astra Pool

After hearing from dozens of residents and acknowledging a grassroots petition that garnered more than 1,600 signatures, the city of Lenexa is looking to

Roeland Park mayor urges residents concerned about gun violence to speak out to state, federal officials

Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly said this week that in the wake of the mass shootings that left more than 30 dead in El

County Update: Commissioner Hanzlick says county at a ‘crossroads’ on public transit

Each week we provide a member of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners the opportunity to share an update on what issues are

Sponsored Post

Your Health: Are you getting the most out of your primary care visit?

Visiting with your primary care provider is more than just a wellness check. It’s a chance to get answers to your personal health questions,

JoCo cities consider adding caveats on tax incentives for big box retailers who make ‘dark store theory’ appeals

Should cities continue to give generous tax incentives to big retailers even if it means those businesses will eventually challenge their property valuations, demand

Primary election results: Michelle Distler, Stephanie Meyer advance to Shawnee mayoral election this fall

The Johnson County Election Office has posted unofficial final results from Tuesday’s primaries. Here’s how things shook out. Incumbent Shawnee Mayor Michelle Distler rode

Briefly Noted: $750 in school supplies raised through Shawnee municipal court program

$750 in local school supplies raised through Shawnee municipal court program. A program for people with citations in Shawnee municipal court raised $750 of


Merriam launches interactive map to view construction projects

The city of Merriam has launched a new, interactive construction map for city projects. The digital map, which is publicly available to view, allows

Aisha Sharif

Shawnee’s Aisha Sharif publishes book of poems on African-American, Muslim identity

Shawnee poet Aisha Sharif has recently published her first book of poetry, focus on her experience as an African-American Muslim woman. “To Keep From

After 4 years of inactivity on site, Mission looking at steps to condemn Mission Bowl property

Four years after the facility was severely damaged in a fire, the city of Mission is planning to discuss whether to declare Mission Bowl

Overland Park sales tax revenues rebound slightly — but stay well below projections used for 2020 budget

Overland Park sales tax collections — which have been worryingly low so far this year — improved last month, City Manager Bill Ebel said

Sponsored Post

Your Mortgage: How to buy a vacation home at Lake of the Ozarks

By Mike Miles As the summer winds down, so do vacations. How many of you had the thought this summer (or in the past)