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Quivira Road Corridor

In July 2017, we were awarded a grant through the Mid-America Regional Council’s (MARC) Planning Sustainable Places program to study the Quivira Road corridor from 79th to 99th streets.

We recently kicked off this project by looking at the current conditions of this heavily traveled corridor. Things that we initially looked at include:

  • Existing land uses and the potential for new development or redevelopment

  • Location of existing sidewalks and where sidewalk connections are missing

  • Current traffic volumes along the corridor and at key intersections

  • Current bus ridership and opportunities for improving the experience for riders, including improving ADA accommodations

  • Population of the corridor, including residents and employees

Overall, the goal of this study is to make recommendations regarding appropriate land uses and multi-modal opportunities along the corridor by building upon the redevelopment activity that is currently occurring along and near Quivira Road. Current redevelopment includes the nearly $300 million Johnson County Gateway project at the interchange of I-35 and 95th Street, construction of three new hotels near the I-35 interchange, approximately 480 new apartments being constructed along Quivira Road, and the renovation of several existing apartment complexes along the corridor.

Safety issues related to pedestrian-use, use by cyclists, as well as vehicles are another important aspect of the corridor that will be investigated as part of this study. For example, investigating ways to provide safe connections to the schools located in the study area would increase the likelihood of children walking or riding their bikes to school.

Improving opportunities for residents to safely walk or bike to work would also be beneficial to the residents in this area. Investigating how to improve the transit ridership experience and encourage more people to ride public transit will be essential to improving the livability along the Quivira Road corridor. Multi-modal improvements that will be investigated include providing safe, comfortable and accessible walking and bicycling opportunities that connect residents with nearby shopping, employment or institutional resources.

The project advisory committee has identified three key goals for this project:

  1. We want the corridor to be a major reinvestment opportunity that is positioned for long-term prosperity. 

  2. We want the corridor to be accessible for multiple modes of transportation and walkable, workable and livable for all. 

  3. We want the corridor to be unique, attractive and branded to support the distinct character of its places. 

Study Area

For purposes of the grant application, the study area was identified as Quivira Road from 79th to 99th streets, extending west to I-35 and east to US 69. The area east of Quivira Road between the I-35 overpass and 99th Street, including Oak Park Mall, is within Overland Park. While specific recommendations will not be made for the area within Overland Park, the area is included due to the impact it has on the overall Quivira Road corridor.

Get Involved

We are embarking on a community-driven process resulting in a plan for both public and private improvements that will continue the positive redevelopment along this high traffic, high profile corridor.

The first of three public meetings was held on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. About 30 people attended and provided their input. The consultant team gave a brief presentation providing background on the project and a description of the study area's current conditions including land use and transportation. Attendees were able to provide input on the proposed goals of the project and mark up maps to provide their thoughts related to land use and transportation issues. 

The second public meeting was held on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, and had about 20 people in attendance. The consultant team reviewed the input received at the first public meeting and through the online survey. They also presented an overview of the proposed alternatives. Attendees were able to provide input on the various sidewalk and bicycling linkages proposed by marking on a map, as well as proposed enhancements to the transit service and various ways to beautify and brand the corridor. 

View the consultant's presentation and the proposed alternatives.

The input received at the public meetings and through the surveys will be used to further guide the consultants as they work to develop alternatives for the future vision of the Quivira Road corridor.

A third and final public meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lenexa Community Center, AB Room, 13420 Oak St. 

In addition to the public meetings, an advisory committee made up of property owners, business representatives, city staff, Planning Commission member, City Council members, and other stakeholders will guide this project. Members of the advisory committee include:

  • David Dalecky, City of Lenexa - Planner II

  • Marc Hansen, MARC Representative

  • Don Horine, City of Lenexa – Planning Commissioner

  • Leslie Karr & Ty Nagle, City of Overland Park

  • Linda Khan & Jim Buffington, Four Colonies HOA

  • Charlie Love, City of Lenexa – Assistant Municipal Services Director

  • Blake Schreck, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce

  • Steve Schooley, City of Lenexa – Transportation Manager

  • Lou Serrone, City of Lenexa – City Council

  • Shawn Strate, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority – Transit Planner

  • Magi Tilton, City of Lenexa – Planning & Development Administrator

  • Beccy Yocham, City of Lenexa – Director of Community Development

  • Casey Donahoo, Block Real Estate Services

  • a representative from Legacy Development

  • a representative from Shawnee Mission School District

In addition to public meetings and working with an advisory committee, the consultant team will conduct several focus interviews with property and business owners within the study area.

Project Timeline

August 2017

  • First meeting of the advisory committee

September 2017

  • Second meeting of the advisory committee
  • First public meeting

October 2017

  • Third meeting of the advisory committee

November 2017

  • Second public meeting
  • Fourth meeting of the advisory committee

January 2018

  • Presentation to Committee of the Whole: View the consultant's presentation to the Governing Body.

January 2018

  • Fifth meeting of the advisory committee

February 2018

April 2018

  • Plan accepted by Planning Commission

May 2018

  • Plan accepted by Governing Body

Frequently asked questions

What happens after the plan is adopted?

We anticipate the final document will outline the goals of the plan, identify the preferred concepts for redevelopment along the corridor and offer solutions for guiding future enhancement of the area. Because most of the property in the study area is privately owned, many of the recommendations will fall onto individual property owners to consider implementing.

What financial resources are available to property owners within the study area?

The city is a development-friendly community and has many economic development tools to assist businesses who choose to invest and grow here.

Economic Development Resources

How is this study being funded?

The project is funded with $122,950 from MARC's Planning Sustainable Places Program with the city providing a local match of $32,000.

Contact information

Magi Tilton, Planning and Development Services Manager,, 913.477.7712