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Overland Park approves non-discrimination ordinance, development agreement

Posted: 11:10 PM, Oct 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-08 00:10:09-04
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Overland Park became the latest Johnson County city, and the largest municipality in the metro area, to approve a non-discrimination ordinance.

The City Council voted 10-1 to approve the ordinance, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, at its meeting Monday night.

Overland Park joins Shawnee, Leawood, Prairie Village and Lenexa among Johnson County cities that have approved a similar non-discrimination ordinance.

The council also approved new deadlines for the developer on the Metcalf Crossing project.

Two vacant motels, which have become crime-ridden eyesores, stand just north of Shawnee Mission Parkway and west of Metcalf Avenue.

According to a new agreement, the developer, Sky Real Estate, must have the vacant hotels torn down by Nov. 30 and work on the redevelopment must start on the site by February 2020.

A self-storage facility, which is to be built off Marty Lane on the property, must be completed by December 2020, according to the agreement.

Original plans for the redevelopment included a new hotel, but those plans were scrapped and the new plan calls for a Charlie's Car Wash to be built at the loction with a retail/office building planned in a later phase.