OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Overland Park leaders will discuss the future of the old Brookridge Country Club on Monday as the controversial project heads back to the planning commission for review after city council denied the plan in March.
This proposal has been going back and forth for nearly three years. Many people living in the community plan to be in attendance Monday to voice their concern about traffic in this already busy area. Neighbors living in this development say it’s dangerous trying to turn onto the busy street.
"Traffic is a huge concern," President of Orchards Condominium Abby Rowe said. "We are at the mercy of people's kindness during rush hour to stop and let us in and out when there is a light and traffic is backed up. That is great, but there are times that doesn't happen when we can't pull in and have to drive all the way down the street and turn around to come in."
In mid-march, city council voted 10 to 1 against the proposed mixed use plan nearly 200 people came to that meeting to voice their support or concern for the project.
Curtin Property Company wants to turn the land into retail stores, offices and apartments.
In mid- April, the Brookridge developer filed suit against Overland Park because they felt the plan met all the legal requirements for the city. They asked Johnson County district court to reverse the council’s decision and for $75,000 in damages. Their attorney says they have since dismissed the lawsuit so they can move forward with Monday's hearing where the company will present a revised plan.
If the planning commission recommends approval, city council could consider the project early June.