Selection process begins on proposals to renovate the Overland Park farmers market

Posted at 6:31 PM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-05 19:31:12-05

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – It could take years before the Farmers Market in Overland Park is renovated, but on Monday night, the Overland Park City Council was briefed on four options to improve the farmers market in downtown Overland Park.  

The least expensive plan would add electricity and other cosmetic updates to the Market.  

The second option allows for the tearing-down of the existing market and building a new facility with the farmers market on top, and a parking garage below.

That option could cost more than $10 million.  

The third option would also be a new modern facility at the same location, with additional spaces for vendors, but it would not resolve parking concerns.

The final option would be a new farmers market at a new location, the Santa Fe Commons – two blocks southwest of the current farmers market in downtown Overland Park.  

Some business owners are worried that a location change would hurt their sales.  

Overland Park City Councilman Paul Lyons said it could take years before any changes are made to the farmers market.  

There will be public hearings and the council will have to determine a funding plan before an option is selected and construction begins.