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New plans proposed for vacant Metcalf South space

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Artist renderings for Metcalf South space proposal. (Courtesy of DLR Group) Artist renderings for Metcalf South space proposal. (Courtesy of DLR Group)
Artist renderings for Metcalf South space proposal. (Courtesy of DLR Group) Artist renderings for Metcalf South space proposal. (Courtesy of DLR Group)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

The Metcalf South Shopping Center in Overland Park is now just an empty shell of its former decades-old glorious self.

On Sept. 19 it closed its doors after 47 years.

New artist renderings show what developers would like to create on the site - a mixed use project called Central Square. According to developers Lane4 Property Group, Central Square will have 500,000 square feet, offering restaurants, retail and entertainment space, 450 luxury apartments, 56,000 square feet of office space and a community center for smaller uses.

It's a grand plan, but Sean Reilly with the city said there is still quite a ways to go to get it all done.

“Monday night they come before the council, asking for a public hearing on their request for public financing. That's an early step and it begins a process to begin to look at it. During that process they'll be meeting and providing more information on their proposals to develop,” Reilly said.

Shoppers in the area say they love the plan.

“I think it's a good idea because, you know, it's a lot of blight to look at when it's just sitting here empty,” Tiffany Dominguez of Wyandotte County said.

“Shopping and living accommodations together is just a good idea I think,” Juanita Cartwright, of Olathe, said.

Shirley and Donald See agree, although Shirley offered a suggested addition.

“Well I think it's going to be fine what they're going to do, only just make some nice senior citizen housing also,” Shirley See said.

No price tag has been put on the project. The city and developers acknowledge that it's very early in the process. There's still funding to secure and commitment from vendors to fill the new space. If they can clear all of those hurdles, the currently vacant Metcalf South could start to be torn down at the end of the year.

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