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Plans for new county square are underway

“Pop-Up” meetings scheduled Sept. 27 & 28 


When you think of a new Johnson County Square, what comes to mind? What would you, your family and/or friends like to enjoy there?

Johnson County, in coordination with the city of Olathe and a steering committee of community members, is kicking off the Johnson County Square project to gather feedback and refine ideas. This month, we are holding a series of “pop-up” meetings at local events to collect comments. The public input opportunities are:

  • Friday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.at Celebrate Lake Olathe, Lake Olathe Park, 625 S. Lakeshore Drive, Olathe, KS 66061
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Overland Park Fall Festival, 7950 Marty, Overland Park, KS 66204

Construction is underway on Johnson County’s new 28-courtroom courthouse located at the corner of Kansas Avenue and Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe. It is anticipated to be completed during 2020. Thereafter, activities from the existing courthouse will be moved to the new building and the old courthouse will be demolished. That will create a new space known as the “County Square.”

To ensure it reflects area needs and interests, the county and a new steering committee will consider public feedback to develop programming concepts that include activities the public could enjoy in the new space.  Additionally, the concepts will build upon previous planning efforts, such as the Envision Olathe Downtown Plan (2003), Streetscape Master Plan and Downtown Design Guidelines (2003), Downtown Active Transportation Plan (2017), Olathe’s Bike Share Implementation Strategy (2018), and more. The outcome will be a phased approach to programming the space.

The planning process began this month and will continue through early 2020. A design-build and community engagement team consisting of JE Dunn Construction, TreanorHL, Fentress Architects, Newmark Grubb Zimmer, Hoxie Collective and Vireo is assisting with the project. During the “pop-up” meetings, the public will be able to review types of potential improvements. Staff from the consultant team will walk throughout the events to gather comments and listen to ideas. No formal presentations will be given.

Media Contacts

Lori Sand
Senior Public Information Officer
Office: 913-715-8572
Cell: 816-377-6528

Jody Hanson
Director of Public Affairs and Communication
Office: 913-715-0730
Cell: 913-626-5482