Developers plan major makeover for Olathe Station - KCTV5

Developers plan major makeover for Olathe Station

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Through a statement, Eric Gonsher, with R.H. Johnson Company, says he hope the project will bring back both residents and visitors. (R.H. Johnson Company ) Through a statement, Eric Gonsher, with R.H. Johnson Company, says he hope the project will bring back both residents and visitors. (R.H. Johnson Company )
Lighting, landscaping and the overall Facade will also be upgraded. (R.H. Johnson Company) Lighting, landscaping and the overall Facade will also be upgraded. (R.H. Johnson Company)
Officials say the project is still in its early stages and there is no timeline on when construction will begin. (R.H Johnson Company) Officials say the project is still in its early stages and there is no timeline on when construction will begin. (R.H Johnson Company)
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

An aging metro shopping center will soon get a major makeover.

Right now, Olathe Station shopping center, located at 119th Street and Strang Line Road, is one empty storefront after another but soon, developers are hoping to change that.

Developers plan to build a hotel with 122 rooms next to the AMC movie theater. 

The shopping center’s Swimfun building will stay, but more restaurants and retail would be added. Lighting, landscaping, gathering areas and the overall facade will also be upgraded.

The only building that’s already been renovated is Chuy’s Restaurant, and developers say when they are finished, the rest of the strip will look similar to it.

“I love it,” Olathe resident Mariah Allen said. “I love the new renovations that are coming up. I love the new Chuy's, it’s a fun atmosphere it looks amazing in the inside and I like the new developments that are coming.”

Developers say they would also like to add gathering areas and improve "walkability," throughout the shopping strip. Something some residents say is well overdue.

The price tag is $25 million. 

"Yeah, it’s a little outdated. I see there are a lot of buildings and they don’t have a lot of customers, you don’t see a lot of cars on the outside so I think it’s good they’re redeveloping," Allen said. 

Through a statement, Eric Gonsher, with developer R.H. Johnson Company, says he hopes the project will bring back both residents and visitors.

“We intend to create a sense of place, where residents and visitors in Olathe can dine, shop and stay,” Gonsher said.

Developers say they chose to renovate the shopping center because it "has long suffered from deferred maintenance and functional obsolescence put is positioned in a great area of an amazing community."

Officials say the project is still in its early stages and there is no timeline on when construction will begin.

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