The success of the Taco Republic restaurant in KCK has spilled across the county line where parking issues generated a complaint to the Roeland Park City Council this week. The intersection at 47th and Mission Road has seen considerable new development in the last year and more may be on the way.
Two tenants of a building directly across the street from Taco Republic filed a written complaint with Roeland Park. Mark Shaft of Bills Friends, which operates addiction services, appeared before the council and said the volume of business at Taco Republic has had an impact on his ability to hold meetings. The other business complaining is Al Balloqui of LaborMAX, which provides day labor staffing.
Roeland Park city staff and Alan Gaylin of Bread & Butter Concepts said Taco Republic has parking agreements with the owners of the building. The two complaining businesses do not own the property. Parking also has been arranged at some businesses on the Westwood side where the lots are posted for Taco Republic parking on nights and weekends. No parking signs have been placed along Canterbury near 47th in the Roeland Park residential neighborhood to prevent restaurant parking.
Gaylin also said the restaurant company has already met with the city regarding the complaint and believed it had been resolved.
During his presentation, Shaft said he understands “a developer has been brought in” with plans for demolition of the building where he operates. The intersection has seen considerable development with a new Walmart market on the southeast corner in Westwood and Taco Republic on the northwest corner in KCK. The northwest corner is home to Oklahoma Joe’s.
An overlay district with cooperation from the three cities reviews development and restrictions in the 47th and Mission corridor and has been encouraging new development.