A plan that significantly reduces the size of the final phase of Prairiefire, the massive mixed-used development at 135th Street and Nall Avenue, was endorsed by the Overland Park Planning Commission this week.
Developer Fred Merrill has decided to scale-back what was envisioned as the final “Village Center” phase of the project. The move was in response to opposition from the Overland Park City Council to providing further tax incentives for the development. Merrill dropped his incentive request in October.
The Village Center had been intended to connect the east end of the Prairiefire development anchored by the Museum of Prairiefire with the west end anchored by the REI outdoor store. The revised Village Center plan calls for the apartment component to be dropped and the amount of office space greatly reduced.
The revised Prairiefire development plan supported by the planning commission reduces the overall number of apartments from 734 units to 444 units, a 39.5 percent cut; reduces the square footage of the office component by 64 percent to 66,288 square feet, and eliminates three parking garages and replaces them with surface parking.
A proposed 100-room boutique hotel remains part of the Village Center plan.
The overall square footage of the entire Prairiefire project, which stretches on the south side of 135th Street from Nall to Lamar, has been reduced 30.5 percent from 1.78 million square feet to 1.24 million square feet.