Proposed $100M business park in Lenexa one step closer to approval, despite protest

LENEXA, Kan. - The Lenexa City Council approved a rezoning request as part of a proposed $100 million development Tuesday night, despite protest from a nearby city.

The project is slated to be built on 120 acres of farmland bordering Lenexa and Olathe.

Olathe residents who live only a football field away from where the business park could be built say the development would disrupt their quiet neighborhood.

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Mike Meyers was elected to speak on behalf of the dozens of neighbors against the proposal at the city council meeting Tuesday. He said Lenexa hasn't been transparent in the development process.

"You can put up screen walls, put up trees, put up berms, but we're still talking diesel fumes, we're still talking trucks, we're still talking backup 'beep beep beep,'" he said. "Most of us were notified two to three weeks ago and I believe this was in the works for some time."

But Curtis Holland, attorney for the developers, disagreed.

"There are noise ordinances just like there are lighting ordinances and so forth that we're required to comply with and follow," he said.

The neighbors plan to go to the city of Olathe to see if there is another option to block the proposal from continuing to move forward.

While city council members declined to comment, the owners of the 120-acre lot said they are pleased the rezoning was approved.

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