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July 26, 1990


Developers who have proposed a mall in Overland Park say that project will not affect a lawsuit they have filed in Lawrence.

"We do not think there will be any impact on the Lawrence lawsuit," said a spokesman for Don Jones, vice president of real estate for Jacobs, Visconsi & Jacobs, a Cleveland-based mall developer.

JVJ sued the city commission in May 1988 after the commission refused to rezone 61.41 acres at the southeast corner of Iowa Street and Armstrong Road from single-family use to commercial. The company had planned to build an enclosed shopping center at the site.

The lawsuit is currently on appeal in the 10th U.S. District Court of Appeals in Denver. A U.S. District Court judge ruled in March 1989 that the city commission was within its rights to deny the rezoning.

For more than 10 years, JVJ has tried unsuccessfully to build an enclosed shopping mall in Lawrence either downtown or on the outskirts of the city.

In Overland Park, JVJ's initial plans have met with resistance from an ad hoc committee of 150 people. They're contesting JVJ's attempts to rezone land at the southwest corner of 135th Street and Metcalf to build the 1.35-million-square-foot Blue Valley Center.

The city's planning commission on Monday recommended approval of the rezoning. The Overland Park City Council will hear the issue in August.

Doug Johnson, Overland Park planner, said the neighborhood group objects to the anticipated increase in traffic from the mall.

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