Overland Park has received applications to permit the building of automalls (or auto plaza) in the area around 135th Street and 69 Highway. Two automalls have been proposed. Neighborhoods in the area intially opposed these applications. Eventually, they completely stopped the larger, more obnoxious one, and then began working closely with the developer of the smaller one who is bending over backwards to meet neighborhood concerns. The following are articles about this subject. [See also Autobody Shops & Air Pollution]
Lancaster Neighborhood Breaks With 135th Street Coalation: Opposes AutoMall Agreements
Neighborhood Coalition Politics: An Inside Look At The Fight Against Two Automalls By Michaela Brady.
Neighborhoods Split On 2nd AutoMall: See KC Star article by John Shultz
AutoMall Legal Maneuvers In South Johnson County: Michaela Brady Provides Wonderful Analysis
Rejected AutoMall Now A Lawsuit: Landowners Want Court Reversal. See KC Star article by Brad Cooper
True Motives Of NIMBY's: Rick Babson Writes KC Star Column Questioning Motives Of AutoMall Opponents: "It's debatable whether they influenced the outcome"
Second Automall Still Alive: Brad Cooper Writes KC Star Article About Terra Venture Project
Michaela Brady Thanks South JC Neighborhoods: Leader of Auto Mall Fight Talks About The Future
Auto Mall Crushed: Resounding Neighborhood Victory At OP City Council
OP Planning Commission Delays Another Auto Mall: Article in Kansas City Star by Brad Cooper Reports On Second Mall At 135th & 69 Hwy
Auto Mall Controversy Heads To Climax: Compromise In The Works, South Johnson County Residents Help Asked
Neighborhoods "Hang Tough" On Auto Mall Fight: Michaela Brady Gives Update
Michaela Brady Reports On Automalls: Michaela Is One Of The Leaders Opposing The Automalls
How To Plan For An Automall: An Interview With Michaela Brady, Leader Of The 135th Street Coalition to Keep Overland Park Livable
Second Letter To OP Planning Commission: NeighborhoodNet requests moratorium on building auto paintshops near neighborhoods. Asks this be considered in deliberations on autoplaza at 135th & 69 Hiway.
OP Planning Commission Supports Automall: KC Star Article By Brad Cooper. Over Neighborhood Protests, OP Council To Meet Christmas Week. See Editorial.
Letter To OP Planning Commission: NeighborhoodNet requests moratorium on building auto paintshops near neighborhoods. Asks this be considered in deliberations on automall at 135th & 69 Hiway.
Michaela Brady Reports On OP Commission's Rejection Of Automall: Coalition Leader Says State Of The Art Mall, Environment Were Significant Issues
OP Planning Commission Rejects Automall: See article by Brad Cooper in today's (November 10, 1998) Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star Writes "Auto mall battle unites neighborhors": See article by Dawn Bormann in today's (November 11, 1998) Kansas City Star