Big plans for development project in OP met with objections

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Block Real Estate Services is proposing a $350 million development in Overland, Park, Kan., west of 69 Highway on two sections of vacant land north and south of College Boulevard.

The new development would cover 137 acres and include apartments, retail space and office space.

The planning commission has been looking at the details and will present the proposal to the Overland Park City Council on Monday, November 25 at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Some neighborhood associations in the area are joining forces to oppose the project. Michael Houser lives in a single-family house directly across the street from the proposed development.

"I don't want them to build the project I want them to go somewhere else with it," Houser said.

"It would create too much extra traffic in the area and that would be a danger and a safety threat to school children and other kids in the area," he said.

Other  neighbors are not opposed to the idea, But they would like some changes to the project to reduce increased traffic and noise concerns.

The developer would like to begin construction next year but the city council will have to approve rezoning changes and the entire project before that could happen.

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