College and Metcalf corridor: Can it be better?

January 1, 2018

The College and Metcalf corridor is one of the busiest areas of Overland Park.

The city is evaluating how to improve it, including pedestrian movement and multi-modal transportation. The city is in the planning process to study College Boulevard and Metcalf Avenue.

It's all part of land use analysis meant to build upon the significant corporate and private investment and Overland Park’s investment in the Overland Park Convention Center.

The planning process began in the fall and is anticipated to be completed in early this year. The city and project team have been working closely over the last several months to develop concept plans and development strategies for the College and Metcalf corridor.

As part of the planning process a steering committee has been engaged along with the business community and public to provide important and valuable feedback into the vision and future of the corridor. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce office, there will be two separate meetings. The first, at 4 p.m., is for businesses to hear about and see concept plans. At 6 p.m. is a meeting for the general public to hear about and see the plans.

In January, the team will ask for input on concept plans as it works to finalize a plan. The final plan may include:

  • A conceptual plan for a pedestrian network and active spaces within the existing corridor.
  • A conceptual design of transitions between various types of multi-modal transportation facilities to facilitate development around the Convention Center.
  • Consensus on improvements to the College & Metcalf corridor.
  • An implementation plan for future improvements to be used by the City for future development.

For more information, contact Leslie Karr, manager of current planning for Overland Park, at 913-895-6196.