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by valcour
Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Tornado tower resurfaces
Replies: 424
Views: 24811

Re: Tornado tower resurfaces

Until I saw the link, I was thinking that was next to the new Soccer Stadium at the speedway.  Interesting concept, though ugly.  If you could add some grace (like the Eifel Tower) to that structure (and get rid of the red), that might be doable, particularly around the Speedway or the Soc...
by valcour
Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Another Buffet opening in Olathe
Replies: 3
Views: 957

Re: Another Buffet opening in Olathe

Guess I picked the wrong week to go on a diet.  :shock:
by valcour
Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: OFFICIAL: The Legends at Village West
Replies: 1871
Views: 143040

Re: OFFICIAL: The Legends at Village West

i'm sure there's a plan somewhere to tear it down and start over. What is being discussed in the Olathe comprehensive plan is keeping the shells of the anchor stores and demolishing the in-between areas of the mall to create an open pedestrian shopping area like the Legends.  I would rather th...
by valcour
Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:19 am
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: What's being built in Olathe
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

Re: What's being built in Olathe

That's it exactly - downtown is a ghost town when the sun goes down (sorry couldn't resist that). They really want to come up with a concept that keeps the town center alive at night, and they have been struggling since before I moved to Olathe (14 years now) to make the downtown a destination. ...
by valcour
Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: What's being built in Olathe
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

Re: What's being built in Olathe

Valcour, any idea what kind of "River Market" building they hope to construct? Well they pretty much just have a conceptual plan right now, so nothing is guaranteed.  The concept is a large, open building with permanent stall-type business sites around the outer wall - like the permanent vendo...
by valcour
Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: What's being built in Olathe
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

Re: What's being built in Olathe

So Olathe actually has a downtown.  It's where they keep the jail, and government buildings.  Apparently, at some point, the city plans to spruce it up a bit. m Yeah, they have been working on that for years.  That is why the city bought up Alexander and Ray's and some of the other b...
by valcour
Thu May 14, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Kansas drops the ball...
Replies: 12
Views: 1290

Re: Kansas drops the ball...

Gotta play the game.  Dallas, Atlanta, Denver etc have been doing it for years and it's paid off. Kansas and Missouri both need to take economic development more seriously, especially in a city like KC that gets few chances to compete for major office or industrial projects that choose places ...
by valcour
Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: Missouri Suburbs
Topic: MU bioscience park in Blue Springs
Replies: 26
Views: 3648

Re: MU bioscience park in Blue Springs

Those of you who wanted KC to have its own bioscience project get their wish.

http://www.kansascity.com/business/story/1041739.html
by valcour
Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Does Olathe Have a Soul?
Replies: 46
Views: 3467

Re: Does Olathe Have a Soul?

If I understand what is meant by the "soul" of a city then the soul of Olathe is the backyard.  The definition of soul running through this thread seems to be the architectural element or environment that characterizes the city.  For Olathe and most other suburbs, that architectural elemen...
by valcour
Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Repurposing "Ghost Boxes"
Replies: 0
Views: 357

Repurposing "Ghost Boxes"

Interesting article on the Popular Mechanics site of taking vacant retail sites and repurposing them.  One example they cite is taking an abandoned mall and making it into a city center.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/blogs/t ... 02220.html
by valcour
Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Olathe Great Center
Replies: 32
Views: 2656

Re: Olathe Great Center

There was a good article in the KC Business Journal on this sale - sorry I didn't think to get a link and the article has disappeared.  The mall cost over $120 million to build and the investment group bought it for around $20 million.  That's a nice markdown, and the investment group beli...
by valcour
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Olathe Great Center
Replies: 32
Views: 2656

Re: Olathe Great Center

Actually there is a church in the mall. It is just not a megachurch - it's a start up church.  Which means the rent can't be very high for that mall apace. If they clean up the decor; sign at least one major vendor; and add some events that make sense, there is no reason why that mall couldn't ...
by valcour
Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: From Johnson's County Gazette
Replies: 7
Views: 1592

Re: From Johnson's County Gazette

mgsports wrote:Backyard Burgers has closed in Olathe at I-35 and rumored to be replaced with Church's Chicken


This has happened - Church's is open at the old Backyard Burger site (just east of I-35 on Santa Fe/135th Street.  Picked up some chicken there the other night, and it was pretty good.
by valcour
Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Missouri Suburbs
Topic: MU bioscience park in Blue Springs
Replies: 26
Views: 3648

Re: MU bioscience park in Blue Springs

Why didn’t the Olathe project go to KCK, that city is about half open land. I don’t care about the Olathe project.  I never said a thing about it.  It was nice to see something going into a JoCo business park that didn’t come from KCMO.  Hell, most of the companies that now sit on Re...
by valcour
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: From the Spree Newsletter
Replies: 6
Views: 966

Re: From the Spree Newsletter

Church's!  Yea!  Good to see we finally got one back on the Kansas side.  Crunchy, greasy, salty artery-clogging yumminess. I know it isn't the greatest chicken in the world, but for some odd reason its been my favorite ever since I was a little kid getting it with my dad at the walk...
by valcour
Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Big Business's coming to Olathe
Replies: 9
Views: 1203

Re: Big Business's coming to Olathe

John Deere is now moving their marketing office from Lenexa to Corporate Ridge.



http://www.kansascity.com/382/story/781957.html
by valcour
Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Big Business's coming to Olathe
Replies: 9
Views: 1203

Re: Big Business's coming to Olathe

voltopt wrote:What's Corporate Ridge?


Corporate Ridge is a business park at the intersection of Ridgeview Road and K-10 in the northern part of Olathe. 
by valcour
Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Big Business's coming to Olathe
Replies: 9
Views: 1203

Re: Big Business's coming to Olathe

It's a spec office building development just south of the Corporate Ridge business park (Farmers Insurance, Terracon, Garmin and Embassy Suites are coming).  It is for four buildings and over 420,000 sq ft.  It's on spec, so no tenants have been identified yet.  It should fit in well ...
by valcour
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort
Replies: 1119
Views: 95600

Re: Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort

KansasCityCraka wrote:They wont update that very quickly at all. Probably wont be updated for another few years.


You're right - the current satellite picture is from June, 2005.
by valcour
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: Kansas Suburbs
Topic: Restaruants reopening
Replies: 20
Views: 1891

Re: Restaruants reopening

StL_Dan wrote:Great call! 

Gotta love the one that started the mom n pop Mexican explosion in Olathe too - Chapala!




Chapala is good too - used to go there all the time.  I am just addicted to the Pollo Poblano at Mi Ranchito, so I tend to go there when I feel like Mexican food.