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Olsson part of team to bring luxury apartment living to downtown Overland Park, Kansas

Friday, April 21, 2017

Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Drawing by Hoefer Wysocki ArchitectureMaking something old new again. That is what a development team is doing in downtown Overland Park. The Vue is a mixed-use luxury apartment project that will be located where an old appliance center once stood. Olsson Associates, part of the development team headed up by Hunt Midwest, has been involved with the project since the beginning. The $49 million project will include 219 apartments located above ground-floor retail, and a multilevel parking garage.

The Vue’s centralized location will allow residents quick access to surrounding attractions, such as a farmer’s market, a community center, and the newly designated Downtown Arts District. While the older area is a desirable location for many, the design of this project came with some challenges.

“It’s in a downtown setting which means dealing with aging infrastructure, a downtown environment, and parking constraints,” said Brad Sonner, project manager for Olsson. “Stormwater management was limited because of the older infrastructure. The design includes an interior courtyard in the complex. So, we had to take stormwater under the building and tie it into an older piece of storm sewer infrastructure.”

Olsson is providing civil engineering, survey, geotechnical, and environmental services. The firm will see the project all the way through construction. Brad said the variety of services Olsson is providing is impressive.

“The timeline wasn’t fast and furious, but we did the entitlements, assisted in incentive packages for the city, helped with planning approvals, and engineering design,” said Brad. “Overland Park’s City Council has been really promoting the redevelopment of this area and we’re on the forefront of that, which is exciting.”

The Vue is expected to be complete in late 2018. 

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