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Overland Park City Council to vote on final development plan for old Metcalf South Mall

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --  After months of planning and discussion, the future of the old Metcalf South Mall could soon be decided. The Overland Park City Council will vote on the final development plan Monday.

The vote is expected to be a formality.

The City Council unanimously approved the preliminary plans back in August,  and if they give the thumbs up Monday, the developer can move forward with tearing down old Metcalf South Mall.

Once they demolish this old mall, they will build the Lowe’s first. Then they will build 14 other buildings on this site to house restaurants, small shops and retailers, all to be determined.

The only thing that will remain from the original mall is Sears – and that is because Sears owns its building.

This is an $80-million project completely funded by private money with no city incentives.

"I think it's really, really important for that 95th and Metcalf area, bringing it back to what it once was, which was a very retail-centric place to get your shopping done," Lane 4 President Owen Buckley said.

Buckley said if approved, the next step would be to go to Lowe’s to finalize the plans, then tear down the mall and begin the building process.

It will take about a year to build the Lowe’s, so the earliest it would open would be in early 2018.