Market plan

New Overland Park Farmers’ Market Plan Wins Key Approval

A conceptual rendering of a new Farmers Market structure in downtown Overland Park. On Monday, City Council approved an ordinance clearing the way for the redevelopment of the aging Market Pavilion. Credit Copaken Brooks.

Overland Park is now officially on track to build a new farmer’s market pavilion downtown.

Driving the news: On Monday, Overland Park City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution declaring the city’s intention to rebuild the downtown Farmers’ Market pavilion.

  • Developers have offered concept renderings of a new Farmers Market structure, but designs could still change as the city continues to gather feedback from residents on what a new pavilion will ultimately look like.
Overland Park Farmers Market Parking Structure Redevelopment
A rendering of the proposed parking structure next to the new Overland Park Farmers Market building.

Background: The city partnered with Kansas City-based real estate firm Copaken Brooks and PGAV Architects in April to begin gathering feedback from residents on a concept development plan for the pavilion’s current site located downtown between Overland Park Drive and Marty Street.

  • A 2017 study concluded that the Overland Park Farmers’ Market, which was originally built in 1991, should remain in downtown Overland Park in some form.
  • Last year, a community engagement process generated the current concept plan and partnership with Copaken Brooks and PGAV Architects.

The details: The current conceptual development plan provides for both open-air and enclosed market spaces, the incorporation of the Clock Tower Plaza, improvements to Overland Park Drive and Marty Street, an office building and parking.

  • According to city documents, the project is estimated at around $7 million, with construction of the new structure expected to take place in 2023.
  • The city currently has a budget of approximately $5.5 million in the 2022-26 capital improvement plan for reconstruction, but the council will consider issuing general obligation bonds in the future to support the completion of the new farmers market.
  • You can take a virtual walk through the proposed project space below:

The next steps for the city’s farmers’ market improvement project

Copaken Brooks is set to hold two town hall meetings for residents to share their thoughts on the project over the next month.

  • The proponent will meet with residents of the Matt Ross Community Center on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. for these meetings.
  • Additionally, the city will launch an online poll from September 15-29 for residents to give their thoughts on the proposed plan.
  • After completing the community engagement process, the project team will present their findings and a revised concept plan to Overland Park City Council on November 7.