City Accepts New Construction Proposals at Overland Park Farmers Market | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Overland Park Community Development Committee will soon be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Overland Park Farmers’ Market.
In the coming months, developers will submit proposals to build possible apartments in the parking lot of the Farmer’s Market at 7950 Marty Street.
Dr Faris Farassati represents the 5th ward of Overland Park City Council. Farassati said the committee did not seek comments from the council or the public regarding future plans for the farmers’ market.
“We need to engage in some level of discussion before asking for proposals. We have our constituents whom we must protect. We must listen to the voice of the people. If we commit to accepting proposals before we elected officials have a chance to engage the community, I don’t think that’s a path we want to take, ”said Farassati.
The market has been moved from the downtown pavilion to the parking lot at the Matt Ross Community Center for the 2020 season to accommodate social distancing during the pandemic.
According to the Community Development Committee, the Overland Park Farmers Market will be located in the community center parking lot until September 2021.
Farassati said the construction of the pavilion will not only affect the market, but the local businesses surrounding the pavilion.
“It’s a very popular program. It is an extremely popular program. It supports local businesses, especially small businesses. People are very proud of it. Before considering any change, we must strongly engage the community. ”
Sandy Siecgrist has lived in Overland Park for almost 17 years. She said the farmer’s market pavilion is a big part of the city’s culture and the lack of transparency left Overland Park residents out of the loop.
“There are other plans underway that are not even discussed with the citizens,” Siecgrist said.
Siecgrist said she was also concerned about speeding and potential traffic jams on the roads if an additional structure was placed in the lodge parking lot.
“When you only have that much space with the buildings, we just aren’t equipped to have large amounts of traffic,” Siecgrist said.
City staff expect to complete the draft RFP by the end of June and will begin accepting proposals later this summer.
Farassati said residents should contact their elected leaders to share their thoughts on the pavilion’s potential for future development.
“The time to express their voice is right now in communication with their elected officials if they have a strong opinion on the future of the farmer’s market,” said Farassati.
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