The public is invited to weigh in on the preferred concept for the new Johnson County Square in Olathe. Attendees of an open house on Feb. 4 got the first chance to see the concept and provide feedback. Others can now view the concept and participate in the survey at this link: surveymonkey.com/r/JoCoSquare3.
The online survey will remain open through Feb. 29. Participants can review the concept and provide feedback on the element(s) that are most important to include in the first phase of the project, in addition to paving and pedestrian lighting.
Construction is underway on Johnson County's new 28-courtroom courthouse at the corner of Kansas Avenue and Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe. It will open in 2021. Thereafter, activities from the existing courthouse will be moved to the new building and the existing courthouse will be demolished. That will create a space known as the "Johnson County Square." To ensure it reflects area needs and interests, the county and a new steering committee considered public feedback to develop programming concepts that include activities the public can enjoy in the new space.
Additionally, the concepts built upon previous planning efforts, such as the Envision Olathe Downtown Plan (2018), Streetscape Master Plan and Downtown Guidelines (2003), Downtown Active Transportation Plan, Olathe's Bike Share Implementation Strategy (2018), and more. The outcome will be a phased approach to programming the space.