Developer JoCo plans restaurants and apartments in former Kmart


The development site has a vacant Kmart and three existing businesses. The proposed development would add four restaurants, two apartment buildings and retail space.

Town of Merriam

A preliminary rezoning and development plan to replace the vacant Kmart in Merriam received initial approval from the city’s planning commission on Wednesday.

After a failed attempt in February, Overland Park-based Drake Development submitted plans for the redevelopment of Grand Station which will be considered by the Merriam Planning Commission when they meet this week.

Their initial plans would have put a grocery store in place of the Kmart which has been closed since 2013.

The development site is located on the south side of Shawnee Mission Parkway between Eby Avenue and Antioch Road. A Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Krispy Kreme and La Petite Academy are already developed there and would not be changed, according to city documents.

The proposed development would include a 3,300 square foot retail building, three 5,600 square foot restaurants, a 2,100 square foot restaurant and two apartment buildings of 158 and 204 units.

The apartment buildings would each have a parking structure beneath them and a common area connecting the two structures.

The developer also plans to install a bus stop at northbound Eby Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway.

According to city documents, the developer wants to use tax increase funding, industrial tax bonds and property tax abatement for a public-private partnership to complete the project.

The plans now go to Merriam Town Council.

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