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Your input needed for Farmers’ Market site improvement project

The City of Overland Park is taking the next step in the Farmers’ Market site improvement project and we want to hear from you.

Residents, Farmers’ Market shoppers and vendors, and others are invited to share feedback on the project in two ways: a public town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty; or through a virtual feedback form.

“We know many people in this community care deeply about Downtown Overland Park and the Farmers’ Market,” said Jack Messer, director of the City’s Planning and Development Services Department. “This is an excellent opportunity to get involved with a project that builds off work we’ve already done to improve the space where the market is, and where it will remain.”

The City of Overland Park has been considering options for improvement and expansion of the Farmers’ Market site, 7950 Marty, since 2017, when a study recommended that the Farmers’ Market remain in its current location. Since then, the City has programmed funding for the project into the City’s Five-Year Capital Improvements Plan.

On Sept. 3, the City will issue a request for proposals to the development community for the project.

There are no preconceived notions of what kind of project might be proposed. This process will allow the City to choose to partner with the development community to provide a more beneficial and exciting project, but does not commit the City to any particular path forward. The Farmers’ Market will be the key component of any future use.

The City expects both feedback from the town hall, and the virtual responses, to be incorporated into development proposals for the site.

Residents, Farmers’ Market vendors and shoppers, and others interested in participating in the town hall can register online and attend the in-person meeting at Matt Ross Community Center at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. The virtual feedback form will be available on the City website after the town hall meeting.

Feedback from the meeting and the online form will be provided as an addendum to the request for proposals. The City expects both feedback from the town hall, and the virtual responses, to be incorporated into development proposals for the site.

Learn more about the Farmers’ Market study and upcoming improvement project.

Contact

Meg Ralph Digital Communications Supervisor City Manager’s Office 913-895-6160