As mixed-use facilities are becoming more prevalent in both urban and suburban areas, LANE4 Property Group recently announced plans for a new, state-of-the-art mixed-use project in Downtown Olathe, KS. The project will incorporate restaurant, library and office spaces into a 5-story building located immediately east of Olathe City Hall on E. Santa Fe Street. The City of Olathe teamed with LANE4 to conceive a project that will not only serve the current needs of a new library, but also ignite the downtown area and create a community-focused facility that can grow and transform with the evolution of the city.
The proposed project includes approximately 70,000 square feet of usable space plus indoor and outdoor common areas. The plan includes space for a signature restaurant, Class A office space with dramatic views and a rooftop patio, and ample space for the Olathe Library. The Civic Center Park currently on the site will remain intact and be integrated into the new project to create a cohesive, welcoming area for all to enjoy.
On Tuesday, November 19th, the Olathe City Council unanimously approved a pre-development agreement allowing the project to move forward though the planning and zoning process. Recognizing there are still approval steps required, Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland expressed his excitement. “While the final project has yet to come before the Council for final consideration, it has incredible potential for our downtown. It could allow us to have a new, first class, 21st century library in downtown, new class A office and a restaurant….all in our historic core. This could mean new jobs, new opportunities and new energy in our downtown.”
“Olathe continues to grow, it continues to support a strong school system. You only have to look around the country at comparable suburban municipalities to figure out that there is a deep well of opportunity to tap in to in this downtown,” says Michael Berenbom, Vice President at LANE4. “We believe that the speculative, Class A office and retail space in this project will only scratch the surface of demand for modern space in a historic suburban downtown. This project will provide ‘proof of concept’ and spark additional development downtown.”
Emily Baker, Olathe Library Director has also expressed her excitement surrounding the project. “This has the potential to be great news for our downtown library. Our library master plan reflects our patrons’ desire to have exceptional libraries. We have updated our Indian Creek location as part of that plan, and now we could soon have the same exceptional library experience downtown.”
The project will be presented to the City Council for approval in early 2020 with a groundbreaking later in the year. For more information contact MAC today. MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years. MAC can help you with any facility repairs, remodeling, custom cabinetry, construction and many other projects.