Overland Park to review renderings for the farmers market update

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The ordinary town of Overland Park, Kansas, all agree. Their famous farmers market needs a facelift.

On Monday, it could move one step closer to getting a makeover, as city councilmembers consider new renderings of an updated city market, which is considered a cash cow for city merchants.

The market, which sits just off Marty Street, is designed to push traffic, and dollars, into downtown Overland Park.

Twice a week from mid-April to early December, farmers come to sell their produce and other goods at the market stalls.

Changing the market has been on the table for years.

“This is a space that we know the community loves,” said Overland Park spokeswoman Meg Ralph.

Ralph said the community engagement process has led to a new set of renderings, which depict the market and updates to the structure of the pavilion as well as the nearby clock tower. Current plans also include space for private development, such as a potential office building.

The council could also choose to rebuild the pavilion in the same model we see today.

“Right now, with the process that we’re going through, it’s just looking at – is there something that needs to be done other than just rebuilding the market space as it is now? Is there anything else that we can do with this space that creates a better community facility? Ralph said in Monday.

Current plans also include new features along Marty Street, which connects the market to Overland Park’s downtown core.

Nancy Smith, who works at We Got Your Back Apparel, said the city thrives on days when the market is busy.

“We really appreciate them channeling a new market and expanding it. It helps us in the long run. It really is,” said Smith. “Word of mouth gets around. They like small areas like this. “

The city believes as many as 10,000 people come here on a busy Saturday.

Don’t expect a final decision anytime soon. Ralph said while city leaders decide what this space will look like, they will have to debate how to pay for it, and that could take some time.

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