Updated courthouse concepts designed to address concerns with height, integration into downtown Olathe

Johnson County officials in recent weeks have hosted two public meetings giving residents a look at the latest design concept for the new $200 million courthouse to be constructed in downtown Olathe — a concept that differs significantly from the initial plans floated prior to the 2016 vote on a tax to fund the facility.

After a series of public engagement sessions in 2016, the county began working with its design-build team to address the most frequently aired concerns about the initial plan. Among them were:

At nine stories, the building was out of place in downtown Olathe
The building design was not cohesive with the surrounding area, and there was not a good connection with the downtown neighborhood
Parking was not sufficient, and many people would have to cross busy Santa Fe Drive to reach the courthouse.

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