A QuikTrip proposed for 105th and Metcalf got a chilly reception from the Overland Park Planning Commission this week with members saying it doesn’t fit with the Vision Metcalf plan and its call for pedestrian-friendly development.
QuikTrip wants to replace an existing one-story office building on the southeast corner of 105th and Metcalf and build a 5,800 square-foot convenience store with 24 gas pumps at 10551 Metcalf. The plan also includes a 52-space parking lot.
Andrew Smith, a representative of QuikTrip, said the company has been working with Overland Park planners for eight months in an effort to come up with a more urban design for the location. The building has been moved closer to the street and includes a patio area along Metcalf.
Planners however, still oppose the plan, saying it doesn’t fit with the pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development called for in Vision Metcalf. The comprehensive Vision Metcalf plan was adopted in 2011 and covers the Metcalf corridor as it runs through Overland Park from 123rd Street north to Interstate 35.
“I don’t see it as a good fit,” said Commissioner Michael Flanagan. “I’m a lukewarm support of Vision Metcalf, but this doesn’t support it at all.”
Commission Kim Sorenson described herself as a strong supporter of Vision Metcalf and urged QuikTrip to come up with a better, more urban plan for the site.
One opponent to the proposal had a more personal stake, David Riley. His family-owned Phillips 66 station has been in operation at 107th and Metcalf since 1958.
“We offer full service to elderly and disabled customer,” he said. “I’ve been trying to make a living serving the public and I’m not getting rich. This will put me out of business.”
QuikTrip did have support from a representative of the nearby Office Depot and Don Thellman, a tenant in a nearby office building.
A motion by Flanagan to deny the QuikTrip plan failed after no member seconded it. A motion to postpone consideration until next month to allow more time for QuikTrip to improve its plan was approved.