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Shawnee Mission Parkway Corridor Plan

Merriam, Kansas

The City of Merriam has significantly redeveloped a large portion of their Interstate 35 frontage over the last decade, yet the area adjacent to the Shawnee Mission Parkway corridor has not changed significantly.  The existing K-Mart building has been vacant and surrounding parcels within a 25-acre area are currently under utilized.

IKEA recently constructed a new facility just north of the study area, which is anticipated to generate additional interest in redevelopment within the study area.  This project included engaging the community to establish a vision, and creating/evaluating several redevelopment scenarios to assist the City in evaluating future development proposals.

Confluence was hired by the City of Merriam to lead a multi-disciplinary team to analyze existing conditions, create redevelopment scenarios, and to utilize new planning and financial analysis tools to evaluate each scenario.

Confluence led the creation of five redevelopment scenarios, ranging from adaptive reuse of the existing buildings, to redeveloping the entire site to incorporate high density mixed-use development.  These concepts also explored the relationship of expanded transit in the corridor and improving the bicycle and pedestrian connectivity across the highly travelled Shawnee Mission Parkway Corridor.

The results of creating and analyzing five different scenarios afforded the City to be proactive in anticipating the type of project a new developer may propose.  It provided an opportunity to explore not only the land use and design aspects of each scenario, but also integrated a robust exercise in formulating redevelopment costs and the various levels of anticipated City participation (incentives) likely to be requested by future developers in order to provide an acceptable rate of return.

Prior to completing the plan, the results of this multi-scenario analysis were shared with the Planning Commission and City Council.  They chose to use the results of these efforts to encourage developers to “think big”, and to be ready to entertain appropriate financial incentives to support significant redevelopment within the study area.