Overland Park City Council approves preliminary plan for Metcalf South

Posted at 5:42 AM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 08:51:56-04

Overland Park's Metcalf South Mall is getting an overhaul. 

The Overland Park City Council unanimously approved a revised preliminary plan for Metcalf South late Monday night. 

Some residents in the area say the site at 95th Street and Metcalf is an eyesore.

The new shopping center plan includes a Lowes Home Improvement store and 14 other retail stores and restaurants. 

City officials say the Sears will remain and that it is owned by corporate and not part of the revised plans. 

The project has about an $80 million price tag.

Demolition is set to start later this year and construction is set to begin in 2017. 

It's different from the "Vision Metcalf" created b the city 10 years ago with input from homeowners. 

Developers aren't asking for any of the public's money. 

Council members say the response from people in the community has been positive. 

"There are a lot of people in the area that are anxious to see something happen there," said Paul Lyons, city council member. "That mall has been empty for the last five or six years and it's been slowly deteriorating."