Traffic concerns an issue in plan for new Shawnee Mission elementary school in Lenexa

The school will be 73,000 square feet and two stories except for the gymnasium area, which is planned for one story. The plan calls for a fenced playground with baseball diamond, a separate early childhood outdoor area for pre-Kindergarten students, a fruit tree grove and rain garden.

However the plan did not sit well with some neighbors.

Twelve people spoke against it at the commission’s public hearing Jan. 9. Most said they were not against the school itself, but disliked the configuration of the pickup lane, which enters and exits from Haven Street. That street would be widened along school property to allow a third lane for the extra traffic.

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