Old Town Lenexa

Old Town is the original town site of Lenexa and was founded in 1869 by Octave Chanute, a civil engineer who purchased 41.5 acres near the railroad from Charles A. Bradshaw. This area features traditional mixed-use development and includes businesses, homes and churches. The historic business district still stands at Pflumm Road and Santa Fe Trail Drive. A rail line owned by BNSF Railway runs through Old Town. It played a part in the growth of Lenexa and continues to influence land use in the area.


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A New Look at Old Town

In 2015, we received a grant to work on an action plan that highlights redevelopment opportunities in Old Town while building on the area's history and character. The project was funded with $41,000 from the Mid-America Regional Council's Planning Sustainable Places program, as well as a city match of $20,500.

Project goals included:

  • District appearance: Enhance the district’s identity and sense of place by establishing meaningful district boundaries, updated design guidelines, and improved gateways from the 95th Street corridor.

  • Connectivity: Improve connectivity throughout the district and surrounding neighborhoods with enhanced pedestrian amenities, improved railroad crossings, integrated bicycle facilities, and interpretive features to reflect the area’s unique history.

  • Destination/events: Strengthen and expand the district’s role as a destination for community festivals and events through public-private partnerships, improved district branding, and coordinated promotions.

An Advisory Committee made up of property owners, residents, business representatives, Lenexa Planning Commission members and city staff provided input as part of the public participation process.

Final recommendations

The Lenexa City Council accepted the "A New Look at Old Town" final plan in July 2016. Ultimately, it will provide direction for future enhancement of the area. The document includes a site concept for Old Town and a list of recommendations that involve private property owners, merchants and the city. Each of these partners has a role to play in ensuring the area’s future success. There is no funding currently identified to help implement the plan.

While many of these recommendations will need to be undertaken by private business and property owners, city staff continue to take an active role in providing guidance and information to help stakeholders accomplish these goals.

A New Look at Old Town Final Plan