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Olathe’s downtown beautification almost finished

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The makeover of Olathe’s downtown corridor is almost complete.

At its meeting Tuesday evening, the City Council heard a presentation about the beautification process of the Santa Fe Streetscape, which starts at Kansas City Road and ends at Kansas Avenue.

The project, which got underway in the spring, entailed several improvements, including new pavement, curb and gutter, wider sidewalks, new traffic signals and enhanced crosswalks.

Now the city is focusing on its landscaping, said Mary Jaeger, the deputy public works director.

The park areas at Santa Fe and Chestnut will feature public art, fountains, a reflecting pool with waterfall and shaded benches, among other amenities, she pointed out.

Overall, the landscaping costs add up to be around $450,000, which will be covered by stormwater and CARS funds, and participation from O’Donnell and Sons Construction, which has been working on the project.

Council members seemed impressed with the landscaping plan.

“This is going to be very exciting and an attractive feature,” said Councilman Jim Randall. “It’s going to be a signature entry to downtown.”

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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