The Roeland Park building that sat across the street from Taco Republic is now a pile of rubble.Demolition, a future restaurant, more parking and even food trucks were part of the discussion about one of Roeland Park’s hottest corners – the southwest edge of 47th and Mission Road.Demolition has begun on the office buildings at the site and is expected to be complete this week.But don’t expect construction to begin on a new restaurant yet. Tony Krsnich, president of Flint Hills Holdings, which purchased the property, told the Roeland Park City Council on Monday that he is still working to find a restaurateur for the site. He told the City Council that he has talked with restauranteurs for concepts that include a sushi restaurant or a wood-fired grill but those ideas have not materialized.In December, he indicated to the Roeland Park City Council that Bread & Butter Concepts, the company that runs Taco Republic as well as BRGR and Urban Table, was likely to be the restaurant partner for the site. That deal appears to have fallen through.However, Krsnich said that he’s more determined than ever to find a restaurant for the site.“We couldn’t be more bullish on the project but we are back to the drawing board,” he said.In the meantime, Krsnich requested that the City Council loosen parking restrictions at the site. He has an existing parking lease agreement with Taco Republic, which is across the street in Kansas City. Kan., to provide 12 spaces for the restaurant. Krsnich asked for “as many parking spots as possible” while he continues to search for a restaurant at the site.“Our livelihood for the success of this project is going to be predicated on the success of Taco Republic,” he said.The City Council ultimately agreed to allow Krsnich to continue using 12 spots on the site for up to one year. But the governing body made it clear that anything beyond 12 spaces would have to go through a more detailed special zoning process just as other developers are required to do.That’s, in part, because a parking lot without a structure is not allowed in that area.City Councilors also expressed concern that a promising corner could turn into a non-revenue producing parking lot for a restaurant in another city.“We’re merely the parking lot for the Kansas City restaurant and I don’t see what benefit that would have to any of the parties involved other than Kansas City, Kan. and the Taco Republic,” said City Councilor Jennifer Gunby.Increasing visibility for the area is important, she said. But she was concerned that customers would park and take their wallets and sales tax into another city.Others expressed concern that the parking lot could be a long-term problem.Krsnich said he has talked to homeowners in the area about temporarily using some of the lot for food trucks until a restaurant can be developed. The response, he said, was favorable. The possibility would allow the city to collect sales tax. He emphasized that food trucks were not part of his long-term plan because that wouldn’t pay enough to cover his expenses.“We need the brick and mortar restaurant, Krsnich said. “We just obviously can’t force it. We can’t bring a restauranteur out of thin air.”However, he hasn’t formally presented a request for food trucks and city administrators said there are no written provisions for food truck in the city code.Several City Councilors urged the developer to seek additional input from the 47th and Mission Road Committee, a multi-jurisdictional advisory group composed of members from Westwood, Roeland Park and Wyandotte County’s Unified Government.
The lot owned by the city has now been cleared of the Neff building.The developers hoping to bring a new affordable senior apartment project to the western edge of Mission want another chance to make it happen. But they might have to match other proposals for the city-owned land.Earlier this spring, Brinshore Development was turned down for state low income housing tax credits for the second year. In a new agreement, which could head for city council approval later this month, the city would extend the contract with Brinshore for the purchase of the old Neff Printing building that is owned by the city along Martway near Panera. However, between now and Nov. 15, the city can entertain other offers to purchase the property under the new proposal.Brinshore would be notified of any acceptable offer and have a chance to match it and close on the property. After Nov. 15, Brinshore would have exclusive rights on the property so they can make another application for tax credits in the 2016 cycle. The developers have said the project viability depends on receiving the tax credits and they are optimistic that a third application can be successful based on feedback from the state.Brinshore said it is willing to put up another non-refundable deposit of $22,500 in order to secure the contract. Brinshore has previously put up non-refundable money to help with the demolition of the building, which was torn down this summer.
Rains cause more problems. Stranded motorists were one thing, but the torrential rains on Friday night cause even more problems. Among them was the collapse of a drainage construction project between 82nd St. and 82nd Terr. in Prairie Village.Grant will plant trees in R Park. Roeland Park has received a grant from KCP&L through its third annual “Energizing our Environment Microgrant Program.” The grant will allow the city to plant seven additional trees at R Park for shade and biodiversity. The grant application was written by the parks committee and the Citizens Fundraising Group that has raised money for R Park improvements over the years.Roeland Park garage sale coming. The Roeland Park City Wide Garage Sale will be Thursday, Sept. 8 through Saturday, Sept. 11. Residents do not need a garage sale permit to participate.Mission holds special council meeting. The Mission City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The sole agenda item is the discussion of employee health insurance renewals for 2017.Harvesters September Drive includes NEJC site. Harvesters – the Community Food Network – is marking September with several activities to stop hunger. The week of Sept. 6-10 will include a Fill the Fridge drive. Harvesters will be collecting perishable food items at the Roeland Park Price Chopper on Sept. 8 as part of the special donation events.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
An argument over a man carrying a concealed gun ended up being wounded with his own weapon during a dispute in downtown Overland Park Wednesday.Overland Park police report that a 59-year-old man had befriended two other men, but began arguing with one of them after learning he was carrying a concealed weapon.During the dispute at about 80th Street and Overland Park Drive, the 59-year-old suspect disarmed the man with the concealed weapon and pointed it at both of them. He then shot the man he was arguing with in the leg.Police responded at 5:30 p.m. and arrested the suspect. The other man was taken to the hospital for the non-life threatening wound.Anyone who might have witnessed the incident or has information regarding the matter are asked to call Overland Park police at 913-895-6300.
Photo via Zach Flanders on Twitter.Indivisible organizers attract large crowd to north Overland Park Winstead’s. A meeting of the new group Indivisible KS-3, which sprung up in recent weeks to oppose the agenda of President Donald Trump, drew a crowd of approximately 150 to an organizing meeting at the north Overland Park Winstead’s on Tuesday.Campus carry repeal bill fails to advance out of committee. The campus carry repeal bill promoted by a group of northeast Johnson County legislators couldn’t collect enough votes in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee to the full senate for consideration. [Kansas campus-carry repeal bill stuck in committee — Associated Press]Rosehill Elementary gets grant from NFL sponsored group for new play equipment, cafeteria signage. Rosehill Elementary will receive $3,500 from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which is sponsored by the National Dairy Council, the Midwest Dairy Council, and the NFL in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture. The money will be used to fund recess equipment and signs in the cafeteria encouraging students to make healthy food choices.
Rising Star Elementary is among the schools that will have its boundaries tweaked if the proposals are approved by the board May 22.The Shawnee Mission School District on Wednesday unveiled the proposed elementary school boundary changes for the 2018-19 school year that the administration will put before the board for a vote May 22.The changes would affect ten schools, eight west of I-35 — Broken Arrow, Christa McAuliffe, Lenexa Hills, Mill Creek, Rhein Benninghoven, Rising Star, Shawanoe and Sunflower — and two east of I-35 — East Antioch and Overland Park.The boundary changes would affect a middle school or high school feeder pattern at just two of the elementaries, Christa McAuliffe and Overland Park. At Christa McAuliffe, students will be able to choose whether they want to move on through either the SM Northwest or SM West feeder pattern. At Overland Park, students living south of 75th Street who are currently in the East Antioch feeder will become part of the Overland Park feeder and also shifted to the Westridge Middle School feeder.Though initially targeted for implementation for the 2017-18 school year, the district announced in March it was delaying the changes until 2018-19, citing the construction of the new Lenexa Hills Elementary as a motivating factor.Maps illustrating the proposed boundary changes as well as descriptions of the changes provided by the district in a presentation that can be found online here are copied below:Broken ArrowBroken Arrow students living in Red Oak Hills will move to Lenexa Hills. Currently, there are approximately 21 students living in this section. (This area will remain in the SM Northwest area feeder pattern for middle and high school).Click to enlarge.Christa McAuliffeRhein Benninghoven students living from 71st Street to Blackfish Parkway west of Rene/Park (all students on Rene and Park remain at Benninghoven) to Lackman will move to Christa McAuliffe. Currently, there are approximately 50 students living in this sec=on. (These students will remain in the SM Northwest feeder pattern if they choose.)Rhein Benninghoven students living in Autumn Park and Timberstone between Midland Drive and Lackman will have the choice to attend Rhein Benninghoven or Christa McAuliffe. Currently, there are approximately 27 students living in this section. (They will have to determine their elementary school upon entrance and remain in that path.)Christa McAuliffe will become a choice feeder to the SM West feeder pattern or the SM Northwest feeder pattern. (Students will determine their path in the sixth grade and remain in that path throughout high school.)Click to enlarge.East AntiochEast Antioch students living south of 75th Street will move to Overland Park Elementary. Currently,there are approximately 41 students in this sec=on. (This area will be moved to the Westridge Middle School Feeder as they are already in the SM West feeder pattern.)Click to enlarge.Lenexa Hills ElementarySunflower students living west of I-435 from 103rd Street to Midland Drive will move to Lenexa Hills. There are approximately 165 students in this area. This includes a small area assigned to Rosehill; however, there are currently no students living in this area.Broken Arrow students living in Red Oak Hills will move to Lenexa Hills. Currently, there are approximately 21 students living in this sec=on. (This area will remain in the SM Northwest feeder pa1ern for middle and high school.)Click to enlarge.Mill Creek ElementaryRhein Benninghoven students living from 71st Street to Blackfish Parkway between Pflumm and WestglenLane will move to Mill Creek. Currently, there are approximately 17 students living in this sec=on. (These students will remain in the SM Northwest feeder pattern.)Shawanoe students living west of Quivira will move to Mill Creek. Currently, there are approximately 74 students living in this sec=on. (These students will remain in the SM Northwest feeder pattern.)Click to enlarge.Overland ParkEast Antioch students living south of 75th Street will move to Overland Park Elementary. Currently, there are approximately 41 students in this section. (This area will be moved to the Westridge Middle School Feeder as they are already in the SM West feeder pattern.)Click to enlarge.Rhein BenninghovenRhein Benninghoven students living from 71st Street to Blackfish Parkway west of Rene/Park (all students on Rene and Park remain at Benninghoven) to Lackman will move to Christa McAuliffe. Currently, there are approximately 50 students living in this section. (These students will remain in the SM Northwest feeder pattern if they choose.)Rhein Benninghoven students living from 71st Street to Blackfish Parkway east of Pflumm to Westglen Lane will move to Mill Creek. Currently, there are approximately 17 students living in this section. (These students will remain in the SM Northwest feeder pattern.)Rhein Benninghoven students living in Autumn Park and Timberstone between Midland Drive and Lackman will have the choice to attend Rhein Benninghoven or Christa McAuliffe. Currently, there are approximately 27 students living in this section. (They will have to determine their elementary school upon entrance and remain in that path.)Click to enlarge.Rising Star ElementaryRising Star students living in The Meadows Apartments from 76th Street to 77th Street between Quivira and Monrovia will move to Shawanoe. Currently, there are approximately 85 students living in this section. (These students will remain in the SM Northwest feeder pattern.)Rising Star students living south of 91st Street between Santa Fe Drive and Pflumm and students living south of 89th Terrace from Pflumm to Widmer Road will move to Sunflower. Currently, there are approximately 36 students living in this section. (These students will remain in the SM West feeder pattern.)Click to enlarge.Shawanoe ElementaryShawanoe students living west of Quivira will move to Mill Creek. Currently, there are approximately 74 students living in this sec=on. (These students will remain in the SM Northwest feeder pattern.)Rising Star students living in The Meadows Apartments from 76th Street to 77th Street between Quivira and Monrovia will move to Shawanoe. Currently, there are approximately 85 students living in this section. (These students will remain in the SM Northwest feeder pattern.)Click to enlarge.Sunflower ElementaryRosehill students living west of I-35 will move to Sunflower. There is currently 1 student in this section. (This section will move to the SM West feeder pattern.)Sunflower students living west of I-435 from 103rd Street to Midland Drive will move to Lenexa Hills. There are approximately 165 students in this area. This includes a small area assigned to Rosehill; however, there are currently no students living in this area.Rising Star students living south of 91st Street between Santa Fe Drive and Pflumm and students living south of 89th Terrace from Pflumm to Widmer Road will move to Sunflower. Currently, there are approximately 36 students living in this section. (These students will remain in the SM West feeder pattern.)Click to enlarge.These proposed boundary changes differ slightly from the initial proposals that were released earlier this year.You can see a map of what all of the new boundaries would look like if the proposals are approved by the board below:Click to enlarge.
The pure, unadulterated joy of advance voting is difficult to convey in words.Life is a long and arduous journey.But every now and again, if we’re lucky, the veil between the mundane and the sublime is lifted, perhaps for just a fleeting moment, and we get to experience the true essence of being, a oneness among all things.Today was one of those days for me. Because I cast my ballot in the primary elections.I took advantage of Johnson County’s in-person advance voting, WHICH STARTED TODAY AND WILL RUN THROUGH EARLY AUGUST, at the Johnson County Northeast Offices, 6000 Lamar.Of course, I could have voted in advance at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf; the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 East Kansas City Road; or one of three other advance voting sites. Honestly, the most difficult part of the whole thing was choosing which conveniently located advance voting site I would use — it’s an embarrassment of convenience riches!I arrived at 10:01 a.m. — precisely one minute after advance voting operations opened (10 a.m., that is. Advance voting is offered from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, it’s offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — to find a line of about 10 people ahead of me.“No,” I said to myself. “Dear god above no. This can’t be happening. WHY!?!!?!”But then the line started moving very quickly. And within about two minutes I was at my voting machine. So the line turned out not to be a big deal!“Wow,” I said. “I guess the message to anyone who is concerned about long lines at advance voting sites is that it’s really not worth worrying about.”This is the first election cycle that the Johnson County Election Office is using its new voting machines, which give voters the option of seeing their votes printed on a paper ballot before the ballot is cast. Although I could not read the barcodes on the ballot, I did see a plain text summary of my selections. Which was nice.I reinserted the card into the machine and clicked on the button to finish casting my ballot.It’s hard to describe the rush I felt participating in America’s electoral representative democracy. The births of my children are the closest I can come. And I’m not even sure that fully does it justice.Anyway, if you’re interested in experiencing what it’s like to look into the face of the divine, I’d encourage you to look into advance voting in Johnson County as well!
Rise Chicken opened Saturday in Prairie Village.The first Rise restaurant location west of the Mississippi opened in Prairie Village Saturday — and judging by the lines out the door it drew its opening weekend, there’s plenty of appetite for Southern style biscuits and fried chicken here in the Midwest.Founded in 2012 in North Carolina, Rise features a menu centered on made-from-scratch biscuits. The restaurant has options with fried chicken on a biscuit, sandwiches on a biscuit, and staples like biscuits and gravy. Additionally, Rise has a selection of sweet rolls, donuts and coffee beverages.The new location is at the Village Shops on Tomahawk Drive in the space vacated earlier this year by the French Market, which moved two doors down.Rise Prairie Village is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week.
QSC has announced availability of the CX-Q Series four-channel network power amplifiers.The CX-Q Series network amplifiers utilize a Class-D hybrid powertrain design built upon the PL380 PowerLight amplifier platform, which has been installed in mission-critical installations around the world. They also feature two QSC amplifier innovations — FlexAmp and FAST (Flexible Summing Amplifier Technology) that combine more power distribution options in a single amplifier.CX-Q Series allows the integrator to choose between “Q” models, with network inputs as well as routable mic/line audio inputs that provide additional on-ramps to the Q-SYS Ecosystem or “Qn” models, that feature only network audio inputs to reduce system cost when additional inputs are unnecessary. In addition, all models are capable of Low Z, 70-volt and 100-volt direct drive.Eight-channel models of CX-Q Series amplifiers will be available later this year. All of them are here.
Extron has announced the availability of the ISS 608, an eight-input seamless switcher for the dynamic presentation and scaling of DisplayPort and HDMI content at resolutions up to 4K/60 @ 4:4:4 at a maximum data rate of 18 Gbps. Advanced, presentation-enhancing features include Extron Vector 4K scaling technology and multiple transition effects, as well as logo insertion, video keying, and PIP to complement primary content. An independent preview output allows for confident delivery of content. For streamlined integration, the switcher provides audio management and multiple control options, including an intuitive front panel, RS232 and Ethernet. Matrix Mode adds automatic, seamless transitions to any matrix switcher with HDMI outputs. The features and capabilities of the ISS 608 provide a true seamless switching solution for high-end presentation environments and live events.The ISS 608 provides six HDMI 2.0 and two DisplayPort 1.2 inputs that support signals up to 4096×2160 at 60 Hz with 4:4:4 color sampling. HDCP 2.3 compliance and Extron technologies such as Key Minder ensure compatibility with high value, encrypted 4K content. The switcher’s multiple transition effects include wipes with selectable direction and duration, a dissolve with selectable duration, and a seamless cut, eliminating distracting jumps, glitches and delays for clean, production-style source switching. Separate Preview and Program outputs enable the operator to review sources on a local monitor before switching them to the viewing audience.Details on the ISS 608 are here.