The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has approved two projects to improve county-owned facilities in Olathe and Mission, and on Thursday, Aug. 11, the Johnson County Public Building Commission has given the green light for the proposed issuance of more than $17.2 million in lease purchase revenue bonds for the projects.
The bulk of the bonds involves the purchase and renovation of the former Dillons store at 588 East Santa Fe for future office space to ease an overcrowded Courthouse in downtown Olathe. Approvals on Thursday authorized up to $12.166 million for the project with funds to be used for constructing, renovating, equipping, and furnishing the 48,388-square-foot building.
The Board of County Commissioners approved purchasing the building on July 21 from McKeever Enterprises, Inc. for $2 million, using General Fund reserves. Renovations to convert the building into future county office space will begin soon with completion targeted by mid-2012.
By mid-2012, the county plans to relocate the District Court Trustee’s Office and administration personnel of the sheriff’s office, both in the Courthouse, and the Court Services Office, currently located near 119th Street and Ridgeview Road.
The other bonds, totaling up to $5.060 million, will fund major remodeling of the Northeast Office Building at 6000 Lamar Ave., Mission. The project includes renovations to the Division of Motor Vehicles; reroofing of the facility; and construction of additional parking.
The project also will provide additional space for the Health Department and Mental Health Department. The expansion will use the space being freed up when the Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory vacates the building by early 2012.
The crime lab, which has operated in the Northeast Office complex since 1974, will relocate to a new facility that is being built at the county government complex at 119th Street and Ridgeview Road in Olathe. Completion of that project is expected in the first quarter of 2012.
About Johnson County, Kansas
Nestled in the southwestern quadrant of the Kansas City Metropolitan Region, Johnson County, Kansas is a community of choice with a current population of more than 544,000, making it the most populated of the 105 counties in Kansas, yet traditionally having the lowest mill levy in the state. Johnson County offers a vibrant quality of life including nationally recognized schools, libraries, and parks where businesses and families choose to locate and call their home. For more information visit the county’s website at www.jocogov.org.