OP Central

The College and Metcalf area is Overland Park’s largest concentration of office employment and is major regional activity center for the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is a major destination for visitors with the Overland Park Convention Center, eight hotels and major adjacent retail centers nearby.

Contact

Leslie Karr
leslie.karr@opkansas.org
913-895-6196

Study Background

In 2018, the City went through a six month-long master planning process focused on the College and Metcalf area. This study analyzed workplace and community needs of about 470 acres of land along College Blvd. between Lowell and Nall. This area is uniquely positioned to support innovative mixed-use development.

Results

The OP Central Master Plan considered the current uses of the area and provides high-level recommendations to make the area more walkable, vibrant, and engaging for residents, workers and visitors.

It creates a concept master plan for long-term development, transportation improvements, programming, design and character of the area.

Participants

The study included public engagement from visioning sessions, focus groups and a community workforce survey. Participants included City staff, a steering committee, a workplace group, a hospitality group, and a large group of residents.

The study was completed with funding from the Mid-America Regional Council’s Planning Sustainable Places program.

Study Document

Learn more about the OP Central study and see the full recommendations in the OP Central - College and Metcalf Study report.

Read the Report

Taking Action

Since the approval of the recommendations, the City has implemented changes in the College and Metcalf area to work toward the goals of OP Central.

This included a “road diet” on College Boulevard between Metcalf and Nall.

Two traffic lanes in each direction, plus a buffer space and a parking lane, replaced the previous three lanes of traffic. The changes added about 100 on-street parking spots adjacent to highly-used destinations in the area.

The work to update the street took place during a previously-scheduled mill and overlay project in 2020. Even with the reduction in lanes, traffic is still at 50% of the capacity for the street.

The City also added bike lanes on nearby 110th Street, 112th Street and Lamar Avenue; and shared use paths along Nall and part of Metcalf.

College + Metcalf Mobility Study

In 2021, the City began an additional study to build on the recommendations of the OP Central report, which provided a vision of a “walkable, engaging, and inviting” multi-use urban district.

Mobility Challenges

Long distances, large parking lots, expansive lawns and busy streets in the OP Central district create obstacles for people to move about the area on foot, bike, wheelchair and other non-vehicular means of travel.

Recommendations to solve some of the mobility challenges in this area could possibly:

  • Increase visitor and event business – Event organizers and guests are looking for venues that have restaurants and attractions within walking distance.
  • Provide access and amenities for employees – Employees are increasingly looking for more opportunities to walk to and from their workplaces and restaurants and amenities.
  • Create walkable places for new residents – New residential developments near College are attracting new residents looking for comfortable walking and biking environments.
  • Enhance the trail system – The bike/hike trail system currently connects north and south Overland Park west of U.S. 69 and in Leawood.
  • Connect retail and office centers – The area includes major retail establishments that are currently only connected to one another and nearby neighborhoods via vehicle traffic.

This study will develop a detailed, action-oriented program for a connected bicycle and pedestrian-friendly OP Central district.

Project Timeline

The following events are major milestones in the study and opportunities for public engagement. These dates will be updated as they are finalized and the project progresses.

  • July 20, 2021 – Public Open House
  • July 2021 – Listening sessions and survey launch
  • July, August and September 2021 – Data collection and analysis
  • August 2021 – Public meeting
  • September 2021 – City Council workshop
  • October 2021 – Public meeting
  • November 2021 – City Council implementation workshop
  • December 2021 – Final report draft review/Public meeting
  • January 2022 – Revisions and Final report