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Quivira Road Study Recommendations

Quivira Road Study Recommendations
Posted on 02/28/2018
Quivira Road

A series of recommendations to enhance future development, transportation and community character along Quivira Road were unveiled to the public at the Quivira Road Corridor Study’s final public meeting Feb. 21.

The study, funded in part by a grant through the Mid-America Regional Council’s Planning Sustainable Places program, covers the area along Quivira Road from 79th Street to 99th Street. Lenexa city staff and an advisory committee have been working with a team of consultants since August 2017 to prepare recommendations for land uses and multi-modal transportation opportunities along the corridor.

The consultant team presented their recommendations to the public during a workshop at the Lenexa Community Center. The team’s final recommendations will serve as a guide to help City staff ensure that each individual project, public or private, that occurs in the corridor is well-suited to the community’s vision for this area.

Three areas were identified as having strong potential for redevelopment. The Broadway Plaza/Orchard Corners South developments and Oak Park Commons East were two areas the consultant team found to be well-suited for redevelopment into a lifestyle center, which incorporates a mix of restaurants, retail shops and housing with plenty of greenspace and landscaping elements.

The team also recommended independent senior housing as a good fit at for the Four Colonies Plaza area at the southwest corner of 79th Street and Quivira. As developers are interested in improving these areas, staff will take a close look at how their plans complement the study’s final recommendations.

The study also focused on balancing the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and riders of public transit. Consultants found opportunities to fill in gaps in the existing trail system and suggested safe locations to provide additional sidewalks and crossings.

After meeting with local cycling organizations, the team identified locations that would be well-suited for bike lines and multi-use trails, as well as opportunities to direct bicycle traffic to quiet nearby roadways that would provide safe, practical and convenient access through the area.

The recommendations also included suggestions for enhanced bus stops and to move an existing stop at Oak Park Mall to a more convenient, visible location nearer to Quivira Road in the future.

Incorporating placemaking elements into future improvements was a key element of the study as well. Suggestions include improved pedestrian lighting, pocket parks, rain gardens, trees, landscaped medians and other beautification elements.

These recommendations will be incorporated into a final plan that will be presented to the Lenexa Planning Commission and City Council for approval this spring. The plan includes recommendations for the future, but no specific projects for this corridor are funded at this time. 

View the Consultant's Presentation