At Johnson Drive and Roe Avenue the last corner without a plan for development lies northeast of the intersection, but that could be changing. Roeland Park, the majority owner of the vacant land, has invited Mission to work together on a development plan.
The greenspace, which had been part of the old Shawnee Mission Parkway off-ramp interchange, actually has portions which lie inside Roeland Park, Mission and Fairway. Roeland Park owns approximately two-thirds of the site and Fairway has just a small slice. The other two open corners are earmarked for the Gateway project (southwest corner in Mission) and a Commerce Bank development (northwest in Roeland Park). The northwest corner also had been part of the interchange ramps.
Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt has formed an architect/development group that has looked at the site to work on different development options. That group has now shifted its attention to the old pool site at 4800 Roe.
Marquardt said the city is coordinating with Mission to plan the site as a unified development. That does not mean that it would end up being a single use. He said ideas have ranged from “a very dense six-story building to multiple small housing and commercial developments” on the site. No offers are on the table, though, at this point.
Mission Community Development Director Martin Rivarola recently told the Mission council that developing the site comes with some challenges, one of which is coordinating with three cities for zoning and . A chunk of land is in KDOT right-of-way which would need to be vacated and it is close to single family homes.