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Comment on preferred concept for new County Square

Are you interested in the latest plans for the new Johnson County Square in downtown Olathe? The county, in coordination with the city of Olathe, is gathering feedback about the preferred concept for the site. Community members are welcome to get involved by attending the public open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the Lower Level Conference Room 0200 at the Johnson County Administrative Building (111 S. Cherry St.) in Olathe.

During the open house, the public will review detailed exhibits that describe improvements for the new square. No formal presentation will be made. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during the meeting’s timeframe. Staff from the county and the design-build and community engagement team will be present to discuss the concept, 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. It will open in 2021. Thereafter, activities from the existing courthouse will be moved to the new building and the old courthouse will be demolished. That will create a new space known as the “County Square.”

To ensure it reflects area needs and interests, the county and a new steering committee considered public feedback and developed programming concepts that included activities the public could enjoy in the new space. Additionally, the concepts built 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 this year. A design-build and community engagement team composed of staff from JE Dunn Construction, TreanorHL, Fentress Architects, Newmark Grubb Zimmer, Hoxie Collective, Vireo and LandWorks is assisting with the project.

For more information

For additional 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 the #JoCoSquare hashtag.  

Media Contacts

Lori Sand
Senior Public Information Officer
Office: 913-715-8572
Cell: 816-377-6528

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