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Comment on new County Square concepts

 Public Open House scheduled Nov. 20

#JoCoSquare

How would you like to use a new County Square? Johnson County, in coordination with the city of Olathe, is gathering feedback about improvement concepts for the Johnson County Square project. Community members are welcome to get involved by attending the public open house Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Lower Level Conference Room 0200 at the Johnson County Administrative Building (111 S. Cherry St.) in Olathe.

During the public open house, the public will be able to review detailed exhibits for improvement concepts for the new Square. No formal presentation will be given. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during the meeting’s timeframe. County staff and the design-build and community engagement team will be present to discuss the concepts, answer questions, and gather feedback to inform the next steps of the design process.

BACKGROUND

Construction is underway on Johnson County’s new 28-courtroom courthouse located at the corner of Kansas Avenue and Santa Fe Street in Downtown Olathe which will open in January 2021. Thereafter, activities from the existing courthouse will be moved to the new building and the old courthouse will be demolished, creating a new space known as the “County Square.”

To ensure it reflects area needs and interests, the county and a new steering committee will consider public feedback and develop programming concepts that include activities the public could enjoy in the new space. Additionally, the concepts will build upon previous planning efforts, such as the Envision Olathe Downtown Plan (2003), Streetscape Master Plan and Downtown Design Guidelines (2003), Downtown Active Transportation Plan (2017), Olathe’s Bike Share Implementation Strategy (2018), and more. The outcome will be a phased approach to programming the space.

The planning process began this fall and will continue through early 2020. A design-build and community engagement team consisting of JE Dunn Construction, TreanorHL, Fentress Architects, Newmark Grubb Zimmer, Hoxie Collective, Vireo, and LandWorks is assisting with the project.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the new Johnson County Square, contact Dan Wehmueller, Johnson County project manager, at daniel.wehmueller@jocogov.org. You may also follow the county and city on social media and use our #JoCoSquare hashtag.  

Media Contacts

Lori Sand
Senior Public Information Officer
Office: 913-715-8572
Cell: 816-560-6713

Jody Hanson
Director of Public Affairs and Communication
Office: 913-715-0730
Cell: 913-626-5482