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JCAHC Project Updates

NOVEMBER 17, 2016 — Project update to Board of County Commissioners

Today the Board of County Commissioners approved a contract not to exceed $858,000 for McCullough Creative for building the permanent museum exhibit called “Becoming Johnson County” which will highlight the history of Johnson County and feature the 1950s All-Electric House as a centerpiece of the exhibition in the museum’s portion of JCAHC. A contract was also approved not to exceed $210,000 for McCownGordon Construction, LLC, the current contractor for the JCAHC renovation, to complete additional infrastructure work necessary for the museum exhibit.

The $858,000 contract will be funded by a $300,000 donation from the Regnier Family Foundation and the sale of the current museum ($500,000), and additional donations from the Kansas Humanities Council, Kansas City Power and Light, the William T. Kemper Foundation as well as over 40 individual and in-kind service donations to the Johnson County Museum Foundation.

The BOCC also reallocated $225,000 from the county general fund to be used for the museum permanent project and reimbursement of those funds will come to the county general fund from the pledged donations made through philanthropic gifts to the Johnson County Museum Foundation from 2017-2019.

FEBRUARY 4, 2016 — Project update to Public Building Commission

Today the Board of County Commissioners meeting as the Public Building Commission heard a project update from Facilities Manager Brad Reinhardt. Demolition and construction are underway. Negotations have begun with KDOT, municipalities and utility companies to prepare for the moving of the All-Electric House from its current location in Shawnee. The house will reside inside the Arts & Heritage Center on the lower level among the Johnson County Museum exhibits. The house is expected to move this spring.

Public Artist interviews will occur in mid-February. In 2006, the county instituted a program for capital projects over $1 million where 1 percent of the budget is set aside for public art. Currently there are public art installations at the Youth and Family Center, the Public Works building and most recently, the Justice Annex on Santa Fe Drive in Olathe.

JANUARY 14, 2016 — Construction kickoff event for Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center 

Project partners and supporters ceremoniously kicked off the construction project to renovate the former King Louie bowling alley and skating rink into the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.

Scheduled speakers included:

  • Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners
  • Paul Lyons, Overland Park council president
  • Paul Snider, Johnson County Park and Recreation District Board chair
  • Julie Hickman, Johnson County Museum Advisory Council chair
  • Brad Reinhardt, Director of Johnson County Facilities Management

Other participants included representatives from the city of Overland Park, Johnson County Government, Johnson County Park and Recreation District, Johnson County Museum, The Arts Council of Johnson County, SFS Architects, McCownGordon Construction, plus other groups and individuals in support of this project.

OCTOBER 12, 2015 — Overland Park planning commission recommends approval on Special Use Permit for the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC) achieved another milestone on its path to completion. On October 12, the Overland Park Planning Commission, by a vote of 10-1, recommended approval of Johnson County’s request for a Special Use Permit for an indefinite amount of time for the property at 8788 Metcalf. The item now goes to the Overland Park City Council for a vote, tentatively set for the Nov. 2 agenda.
 
Approval by the city of Overland Park is required for work to proceed on the JCAHC, which will provide space for the Johnson County Museum, the fall, winter and spring home for The Theatre in the Park, and Johnson County Park & Recreation District arts and cultural classes.
 
At the Oct. 12 meeting, Overland Park staff, project architects and engineers presented several renderings, discussed proposed improvements for the building, parking lot and green space, and answered questions about traffic impacts.
 
Pending Special Use Permit approval by the Overland Park City Council, the Johnson County’s project management team will finalize the development plans, present them back to the Planning Commission and then be issued a building permit. A ground-breaking is targeted for first quarter 2016.
 
The City of Overland Park web site has the Planning Commission’s recommendation, maps and renderings, and the findings of a third party parking study available on its website.

JULY 9, 2015 — New Museum donor recognition policy adopted

Those who make significant donations towards Johnson County Museum’s exhibits may someday see their name displayed in the Museum’s future home at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. On Thursday the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted the new Museum Donor Recognition Policy.  It provides guidance for the Johnson County Museum Foundation to seek private donations and honor an extraordinary donation by placing a donor name on an exhibit, designated space or on certain museum property.

Moving forward, when the Johnson County Museum Foundation (a separate not-for-profit organization) receives a significant donation, the Museum Director can propose to display a donor name and a review committee appointed by the County Manager will review the proposal and make a determination.

You can read the entire Museum Donor Recognition Policy at this link. You can also learn more on the Johnson County Museum’s web page.

JUNE 12, 2015 — Funding secured for new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

The County's Triple-A credit rating helped us achieve a better-than-market interest rate on the bonds issued to fund the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Slated for a 2017 opening, the former King Louie building will be repurposed to serve as the new home for the Johnson County Museum, and indoor theatre for The Theatre in the Park, programming space for Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) art and culture programming, and a new advance voting site. Read the full news release.

MARCH 12, 2015 — Two Board of County Commission votes today paved the way for the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center (JCAHC), which will open in 2017. It will serve as the new home for the Johnson County Museum, an indoor theatre for The Theatre in the Park’s off-season productions, and space for expanded arts programming provided by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD).

First, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to establish a capital project to renovate the former King Louie building at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park for use as the new JCAHC. The project was approved by a majority vote with three commissioners voting in opposition.

Second, the BOCC, operating as the Public Building Commission (PBC), adopted a resolution to issue lease purchase revenue bonds in the amount of $21,960,000 to pay for the renovation and refunding of the short term loans to purchase and affect initial repairs to the building.