Friday, Feb. 08, 2013
Olathe OKs redevelopment of Holiday Inn
By JENNIFER BHARGAVA
Special to The Star
Developers this week won approval to turn the Holiday Inn near Olathe Medical Center into an assisted living and adult daycare facility with rehabilitation services.
At its meeting Tuesday evening, the Olathe City Council unanimously approved a rezoning permit and a special use permit to get the project moving.
The plans include a new 3,280-square-foot addition for a memory care facility south of the building.
An outdoor swimming pool at the hotel will be removed and replaced with a new courtyard featuring a gazebo, landscaping and a walking path. The meeting and banquet rooms will be converted into a private dining room, chapel, exercise area, salon and adult day care area.
“Typically we don’t like to see rezoning from business to residential, but this is a very unique situation,” said Mayor Michael Copeland. “It’s a very wonderful project and I’m excited about it.”
At the meeting, the council was also presented with the selections for the Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit.
Among them were Johnson County artists Chris Watts of Olathe and Jason Walker of Lenexa. Both of their sculptures will be placed inside Olathe City Hall.