Overland Park board to vote on farmers market renovation

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Plans to renovate a farmers market in downtown Overland Park are picking up steam.

On Monday, the Overland Park City Council will vote on a resolution declaring the city’s intent to reconstruct the city’s farmers market pavilion.

In April, the city council selected Copaken Brooks as the project’s development partner. Copaken Brooks’ redevelopment plan includes removing the existing farmers market pavilion and replacing it with a new great hall, new parking structure and potential office space.

The project will include the design and reconstruction of the farmers market and will include improvements to Overland Park Drive and the clock tower patio area. Copaken Brooks has published a 3D rendering of the proposed farmers market revamp for residents to review; however, no formal plan has been approved by the city.

The city budgeted approximately $5.5 million in the 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the design and reconstruction of the farmers market.

According to city documents, the project is expected to cost about $7 million to complete. The council will also consider issuing general obligation bonds to support the project.

Copaken Brooks will hold two town hall meetings for residents to share their thoughts on the project. The developers will meet with residents at the Matt Ross Community Center on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m.

The city will also run an online survey from 15-29. September for residents to provide feedback on the proposed concept plan.

At the conclusion of the public engagement process, the city council is expected to review a revised concept plan for the farmers market on November 7. The reconstruction of the farmers’ market is expected to begin in 2023.

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