Balls Food Stores has backed away from plans to expand its Hen House grocery store at the Village Shops.
The news came Tuesday as Lega-C Properties, which manages the shops, presented revised plans for the redevelopment of Mission Lane under the Community Improvement District to the Prairie Village Planning Commission. Initially, a substantial expansion of Hen House was slated to occur at the same time as the Mission Lane redevelopment this spring. That project would have taken the store from its current 18,000 square feet to around 32,000 square feet.
The Mission Lane improvement project will include updating of the sidewalks, crosswalks and landscaping as well as the creation of new seating areas and an entry monument with fountains at the intersection with Mission Road.
Kylie Stock of Lega-C said the budget for the 2014 construction at the shops will be around $2.3 million, and will include work on “Project C” from the CID agreement, repairing the culvert the runs underneath the center.
Stock said that while Hen House won’t be expanding, the store likely will get a facelift in the near future.
“We are currently in discussions regarding updating the exterior façade of the PV Hen House,” she said in an email. “We have not finalized the details of these improvements, however, this will most likely be the next project on the agenda.”
Stock also said that “Project F” — the construction of the new multi-tenant building to replace the demolished Waid’s – is complete, and that crews should be able to complete the parking lot and landscaping there within the next 30 days if they weather permits. Starbucks took possession of its suite in the new building March 3. The new Starbucks is expected to open in May.