A plan for two office buildings near the former Incred-A-Bowl in southern Overland Park got the okay Monday from the city council.
The approval paves the way for the buildings, each 10,000 square feet, to go at the southeast corner of 150th Street and Antioch Road.
First plans for site were filed 20+ years ago
The city had approved zoning for three buildings in 1999, and one has already been built at the corner of Antioch and 150th Street.
But that earlier approval stipulated that the council have the final say over the following two.
The new offices will be behind the now-vacant bowling entertainment center.
Incred-A-Bowl went out of business in 2015
The building plan sparked some concerns among neighbors because of the deteriorating condition of the old Incred-A-Bowl.
The 64,000-square-foot entertainment center was built by former Royals pitcher Danny Jackson and his wife Jody.
In its heyday in the late 1990s, it offered bowling, laser tag, miniature golf and an arcade. But it’s been vacant since the business filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
Since then, neighbors have complained of its condition, and the owner, Paramjeet Sabharwal, has amassed pages of code violations.
Last year, neighbors cautioned against Sabharwal’s previous plan to build townhomes on the site where offices now will be, saying they didn’t believe he would maintain the properties.
The council denied the townhome plan.
There was no public hearing Monday
Councilmember Jeff Cox noted the neighborhood’s objections and asked for a discussion during the council meeting.
Mayor Curt Skoog said he’d talked to the developer and learned that there are potential tenants for the Incred-A-Bowl building.
But he did not provide time for a public hearing.
The office plan was approved 8-4, with Councilmembers Scott Mosher, Scott Hamblin and Faris Farassati joining Cox in voting against.
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