Summary of Merriam Drive Gateways Corridor Study

Overland Park

Contact Information

Organization: Overland Park
Contact person: Erin Ollig
Title: Strategic Planning Manager
Phone: 913-895-6242
Organization address: 8500 Santa Fe Dr.
  Overland Park, KS    66212

General Information

Project title: Merriam Drive Gateways Corridor Study
Project description: The purpose of this corridor plan is to analyze the relationship between land use and transportation along Merriam Drive and make recommendations regarding appropriate land uses, internal mobility enhancements, and multi-modal opportunities along the corridor, including an opportunity for complete streets and “green” stormwater infrastructure solutions. The study is an opportunity to develop a cohesive development strategy for this historical corridor and connect the gateways of two communities (Downtown Merriam and Rosedale) via two other jurisdictions (Overland Park and Mission, KS). The proposed study area includes Merriam Drive and a buffer of approximately ¼ mile, running from 51st Street to Southwest Boulevard and includes portions of Merriam, Overland Park, Mission, and Kansas City, Kansas, and is approximately four miles in length. The Merriam Drive corridor runs parallel to I-35; I-635 bisects the area running north/south. The corridor was once part of the key inner-urban railroad route from Kansas City, Missouri to Olathe. The route included a stop in Merriam where railroad executives and city residents liked to frequent because of the “country atmosphere and quick means of transportation”. The corridor also runs parallel to Turkey Creek and a trail on the south side of I-35, which has experienced a washout in several locations. This corridor includes a variety of land uses, including residential, commercial, entertainment, and industrial uses. The homes around the corridor primarily date back to the 1920s-1940s and include a mix of single-family homes and duplexes. Industrial land uses include tow lots and light manufacturing facilities. Commercial land uses include several restaurants such as Grandstand Burgers, Woodyard Bar-B-Que, and Tarahumara Mexican. Property owners within the proposed study area have also expressed interest in redeveloping their properties. Preliminary project goals include the following: Equitably engage property owners and neighbors in meaningful and descriptive conversation about the future uses in the corridor. Conceptualize a multi-modal complete streets plan for the Merriam Drive corridor and its integration into the existing systems of surrounding areas, including new Turkey Creek trailheads. Identify and develop complimentary green infrastructure projects along the corridor that supports stormwater management and stormwater quality, place-making, urban heat island reduction, and buffers for multi-modal connectivity. Create a framework that best positions the corridor and surrounding neighborhoods to become a thriving and desirable place to live and conduct business.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Plan
Project Contact: Erin Ollig, City of Overland Park
Project Location: Includes Merriam Drive and a buffer of approximately ¼ mile, running from 51st Street to Southwest Boulevard and includes portions of Merriam, Overland Park, Mission, and Kansas City, Kansas.
Project Scope: The anticipated scope of services may be divided into the following pieces: Public Engagement – The consultant will coordinate all meetings including those of an advisory committee, the public, and any focused interviews. The intention of all of the meetings is to gain meaningful input from all participants to create a shared vision of the future across multiple jurisdictions for the Merriam Drive corridor. The consultant will document the planning process and input received throughout the project. With assistance from the selected consultant, the number of public meetings, advisory committee meetings, and focused interviews will be determined to gain the most input and be most beneficial to the planning process. Particular emphasis will be placed on engaging with the public in the COVID-19 era which may include alternative format public meetings, online engagement, and surveys. Data Collection & Analysis – To gain an understanding of the current conditions and development history, the selected consultant and city staff will work together to collect the necessary data. The selected consultants will familiarize themselves with the study area including touring the corridor and surrounding context to identify and document current conditions in the corridor. Each city will provide information related to demographic trends, traffic and crash data, any previous studies, and available GIS data. The consultant will collate this data, synthesize, and from that analysis, develop insights and opportunities for the corridor. Creating the Vision – After analyzing the current conditions and with input from the various stakeholders, the consultant will lead the public engagement process to identify issues, develop goals for the planning study, and make recommendations for the future vision of the Merriam Drive corridor. An essential part of creating the vision will include developing alternative scenarios and design concepts including illustrations as well as text. The use of visioning software and other technologies is encouraged. Recommendations & Implementation Plan – The completion of the planning process will include a presentation of recommendations and a plan for implementing the recommendations. An essential component is a refined concept that incorporates input from the various stakeholders throughout the process. Ideas and solutions for enhancing the corridor shall be part of the final recommendations. City staff and the selected consultant will work together to determine the best way to present the recommendations and implementation plan to all stakeholders including the appointed and elected officials of each city. The consultant should weave in topics such as land use, transportation, sustainability, and principles of development throughout the entire planning process. The consultant should place specific emphasis on the development of reasonable action steps to take by both public and private property owners to further promote improved multi-modal transportation options and encourage redevelopment of this corridor.

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: $150000
Federal amount $113800
Minimum Funding amount $
Match amount: $36200
Source of Local Match: CDBG and general funds

Submitted comments

Christine Evans Hands said...

Good collaboration opportunity across governmental entities

6/27/2020 11:38:36 AM

Garry Metcalf said...

This is the kind of inter-jurisdictional project that makes sense & merits the proposed funding.

7/1/2020 8:11:04 PM


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