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Overland Park seeks input to make College, Metcalf more pedestrian friendly

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The city wants to turn the area into an 18-hour environment, meaning it would be open from 6 a.m. until midnight. (KCTV5) The city wants to turn the area into an 18-hour environment, meaning it would be open from 6 a.m. until midnight. (KCTV5)
City leaders say about 30,000 people work near College Boulevard and Metcalf Avenue. (KCTV5) City leaders say about 30,000 people work near College Boulevard and Metcalf Avenue. (KCTV5)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Overland Park officials are looking for ways to increase safety and build an enjoyable environment in one of the city’s busiest areas.

City leaders say about 30,000 people work near College Boulevard and Metcalf Avenue.

That’s why they’ve come up with a plan to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

The city wants to turn the area into an 18-hour environment, meaning it would be open from 6 a.m. until midnight. Officials wish to attract travelers, convention goers and residents.

Current suggestions are to add restaurants and entertainment venues, incorporate open spaces and create better bike paths and bus routes. They also plan to add two new apartment complexes just south of College, which have already been approved by the city.

But before the city moves forward, they want to hear from the public.

Two meetings will be held at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. The first will focus on businesses and will begin at 4 p.m., while the second focuses on the general public and begins at 6 p.m.

City leaders hope to have a completed plan of what the area could look like by March.

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