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The Johnson County Museum is moving from its current home at 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee to a new home in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (the former King Louie building at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park). The house is the first item of the Johnson County Museum’s collection to be relocated.

McCownGordon Construction is overseeing the move and logistics for Johnson County Government. McCownGordon contracted with Patton House and Building Movers, Inc. to prepare and move the house into the lower level of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Many other entities have been collaborating on this move for the past several months to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. These partners include KCPL, Black and McDonald, Martin Underground, the Kansas State Highway Patrol, the Kansas Department of Transportation, Johnson County Government, Johnson County Park & Recreation District and Johnson County Museum, as well as law enforcement officers, public works staff and communications professionals from Overland Park, Merriam, Mission, Shawnee and Johnson County.

The house will travel from the museum site in Shawnee, south on Lackman over Shawnee Mission Parkway, exiting eastbound onto Shawnee Mission Parkway toward Merriam, then continuing east taking the southbound exit onto Metcalf Ave. in Mission, then on to its new destination inside the Arts and Heritage Center in Overland Park.

Crews plan to move the house onto Lackman Road at approximately 7 p.m. on April 12. The house is expected to be in Shawnee on Lackman Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway from 7 p.m. to roughly 10 p.m., then Merriam from approximately 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., in Mission at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf from roughly 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. and then traveling south on Metcalf Ave. to 8788 Metcalf from approximately 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. These times are rough estimates and could change.

The entire nine-mile trip is expected to take approximately 10 to 12 hours to complete, but depending on a number of factors, could be completed in less time or require additional time. For example, specific safety measures must be taken at each traffic light and on exit ramps, which may increase or reduce the estimated timeframe.

The house will be moving between three to five miles per hour.

During the move, Lackman Road will be closed from 63rd to 67th Streets prior to the move until the house is eastbound on Shawnee Mission Parkway. The move will require intermittent closure of eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway and complete closure at the Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf Ave. intersection for a period of time. Both north and southbound lanes of Metcalf Avenue will be intermittently closed as the house progresses toward its final destination at 87th and Metcalf. A map of the move with approximate times is available online at www.jocogov.org/housemove. Traffic updates will be provided online and on Johnson County Government’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Traffic will be diverted off affected streets to avoid delaying travel.

The contractors dug out enough space under the house to allow large steel beams to be placed under the house. Hydraulic dollies on wheels were then placed underneath the house. The hydraulic dollies then lifted the house up and moved it to the parking lot into a position where it could be pulled by a truck. Photos and video of some of this are available on our website at www.jocogov.org/housemove.

About 3,000 residents and businesses along the route will receive an informational postcard prior to the move date. Electronic and printed yard signs will be strategically placed along the route with messaging that motorists should expect temporary road closures. Details of the move have been provided in advance to the local media and are available on our website at www.jocogov.org/housemove. During the move the public can stay up-to-date on the house’s progress on our website and on Facebook and Twitter by following #JocoHouseMove.

The public may watch the move from a safe location, provided they do not block traffic and do avoid private property. In general, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area to reduce the impact of the rolling road closures.  Law enforcement will be helping to redirect traffic from affected streets.

The house, built in 1953 by Kansas City Power & Light, has already moved once. It was donated to the museum by a Prairie Village couple and moved to Shawnee on Oct. 18, 1994.  The display of the home inside the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center will allow it to be better preserved as it will be protected from the weather, and it will continue to tell the story of a dream home in suburban Johnson County in the 1950s.

The contract for the house move is for $267,162.

In August 2015, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners declared the property at 6305 Lackman as surplus property. It will go out for public auction in the fall of 2016.

The Johnson County Museum is scheduled to close to the public Sept. 2, 2016. Staff will move into new offices in the Arts & Heritage Center in January 2017. It is anticipated to re-open to the general public in late spring to early summer 2017, along with the rest of the Arts & Heritage Center.

 A portion of the facility will open in 2016 as an advanced voting location.

The entire JCAHC will open in 2017 as a new destination for celebrating the arts and our history in Johnson County. It will be home to The Theatre in the Park productions during spring, summer and fall, the Johnson County Museum and so much more. Much more information is available here.