Olathe’s downtown is growing ever more vibrant and diverse. It’s a center of government and professional services, unique small businesses, restaurants, historical neighborhoods and cultural opportunities. The focus of civic life in our community, and the many recent investments made in the heart of our city demonstrate a strong commitment to our downtown core. It's an exciting time in the life of Downtown Olathe as we celebrate the rich history and work together with the community to envision our future.
The City of Olathe is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the businesses and services provided in the Downtown area. Downtown offers something residents can’t find anywhere else in Olathe: historic architecture, a human-scaled street grid, and unique locally-owned businesses. Olathe’s Downtown Storefront Improvement Grant is a program designed to complement these strengths by encouraging and assisting commercial property owners to enhance the design and appearance of their storefront façades.
- Downtown Storefront Improvement Grant Requirements/Process
- Downtown Storefront Improvement Grant Online Application
The Heritage Trust Fund (HTF) is a state program which provides matching fund grants up to $90,000 to properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places or the Register of Historic Kansas Places. HTF reimburses expenses for projects that preserve, restore and reuse historic properties, including professional fees and construction costs.
The City of Olathe is committed to the preservation, sustainability and enhancement of our neighborhoods. Olathe’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative takes a comprehensive approach to being a proactive advocate and recognizing the importance of investing in our city’s future.
The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) encourages reinvestment in the City's Original Town by providing tax rebate opportunities for both commercial and residential property improvements
The City is constantly looking at ways to help our downtown thrive, while still embracing the characteristics people love and appreciate most. As always, community involvement helps ensure our success. Olathe has seen a tremendous amount of input from thousands of stakeholders in the plans that are and will be shaping our downtown.
Olathe is casting a vision for tomorrow, ensuring Downtown remains among Olathe’s most cherished places, now and in the future. A new vision for Downtown creates new opportunities to increase business startups, unite the district with its surrounding neighborhoods, create a unique shopping and business environment, and improve infrastructure all while working to preserve its historic character.
There are several ways to get involved in Downtown Olathe from participating in the Community Gardens to exploring the numerous areas of rotating art and sculptures. Get involved with the Downtown Olathe Business Association and sign up for Downtown updates using OlatheUpdate.
- Downtown Olathe Business Association Executive Board Meeting
- Monthly - Third Monday
- Olathe Historic Preservation Board
- Monthly - Third Thursday
- Olathe City Council - Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
- Milhaus Rezoning agenda item
- Johnson County Square Public Engagement Event – Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St.; Lower Level; Room 0200)
- Olathe City Council - Date To Be Determined
- Downtown Active Transportation Plan agenda item
- Olathe Historic Homes Tour - Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Christmas Lighting begins- Date To Be Determined