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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Nine months after walking away from a proposal Overland Park planners didn't like, developers are back with a smaller proposal for the abandoned Metcalf South Mall location.

On Wednesday, developer Lane Four announced they plan to put a Lowe's in that location.

Some other business owners in the area say bring it on. Lane Four submitted plans that include a Lowe's and room for some other smaller shops where Metcalf South once stood.

The plans are for an $80 million dollar project, and all the funding will come from private sources, without asking for help from tax payers.

Mayor Carl Gerlach says this project doesn't need to be re-zoned; it'll fit into the existing zoning for that spot. He says it's important the area gets re-developed like many other areas of Metcalf Avenue.

"The redevelopment is like half-a-billion dollars of redevelopment going on in Overland Park, but this is a key portion of it at 95th and Metcalf," said Mayor Carl Gerlach.

"The area's been dead for so long now that something needs to be done," said Walter Thompson.

The Sears building will remain in its existing spot because Sears owns its own building.

This is not a done deal. First it'll go to the planning commission on July 11th, then if it's approved there it'll go to the full council. If everything goes according to plan in the fall, the existing building will be torn down, and by spring or summer of 2018,the new building will be finished.

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