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Vote stops bonds for Joco museum in OP’s King Louie building

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Plans to rehab the former King Louie bowling alley into space for the Johnson County Museum, Enterprise Center, early voting and transit facilities came to a screeching halt Thursday when Johnson County commissioners voted not to issue $10.3 million in bonds.

The vote leaves in question the future location of the museum and what will become of the distinctive King Louie building at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park. Commissioner Jason Osterhaus suggested the county reconsider plans for the building in a year, after the museum has had more time for private fund raising.

County commissioners, meeting as the public building commission, voted 4-3 against publishing a bond notice, which would have been the first step in financing the planned rehab. Any further action on the building, which the county purchased in 2011, will be taken up at a regular county commission meeting.

Museum director Mindi Love said the vote means, “we’re going to have to go back to the drawing board figuring out a location for the museum. I would have loved for it to have been at King Louie.”

The museum has been looking for a new home because of issues with mold and water leakage at its current building and because of space limitations for exhibits.

| Roxie Hammill, special to The Star

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