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Downtown Olathe Public Library Update

Post Date:11/22/2019

Earlier this week, LANE4 Property Group announced plans for a new, state-of-the-art mixed-use project in Downtown Olathe. The proposed project would fuse restaurant, library, and office uses into a five story building located immediately east of Olathe City Hall on E. Santa Fe St.

The project will still need to go through several steps, including rezoning and approval from the planning commission, before going before the City Council for a final vote.

“While the final project has yet to come before the Council for final consideration, it has incredible potential for our downtown,” Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland said. “This could mean new jobs, new opportunities and new energy in our downtown.”

 Downtown Library Rendering

Driven by the need for a new, modern Library space, the City of Olathe worked with LANE4 to envision a project that would not only serve the current needs, but also ignite the downtown area and create a community focused place that can grow and transform with the evolution of the city.

The proposed project includes approximately 70,000 square feet of usable space, plus indoor and outdoor common areas. The plan includes space for a signature restaurant, Class A office space with dramatic views and a rooftop patio, plus ample space for the Olathe Library. The Civic Center Park currently on the site will remain intact and be integrated into the new project to create a cohesive, welcoming area for all to enjoy.

“This has the potential to be great news for our downtown library," said Olathe Library Director Emily Baker. "Our library master plan reflects our patrons’ desire to have exceptional libraries. We have updated our Indian Creek location as part of that plan, and now we could soon have the same exceptional library experience downtown.”

Learn more about the Olathe Public Library at OlatheLibrary.org.

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