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Shawnee Mission Parkway Corridor Visioning Study

Shawnee and Merriam, Kansas

Confluence was part of the consulting team contracted to prepare a visioning study and focus area plans for a portion of Shawnee Mission Parkway stretching from Metcalf to I-435. The study area includes portions of both the Cities of Merriam and Shawnee, located in Johnson County, Kansas. The plan outlines transportation, economic development, and aesthetic improvement recommendations for the overall corridor. The primary focus of the effort was to create a community vision for two focus nodes along the corridor – the area surrounding Shawnee Mission Parkway and Nieman Road in Shawnee, and the area surrounding Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch in Merriam.

The conceptual ideas for the Nieman node considered how this area along the corridor could influence ongoing efforts to revitalize the Nieman Road corridor and nearby Downtown Shawnee. The conceptual ideas for the Antioch area considered the potential to encourage a mixed-use development pattern along Shawnee Mission Parkway just east of I-35, and how to leverage the area’s significant traffic volumes as well as the proximity to a large area of regional retail along Johnson Drive. As part of the planning effort, a market scan was completed and the team conducted two rounds of community visioning sessions with residents of both Shawnee and Merriam.