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For an environment to be considered sustainable, one basic human need that must be present is ‘community’. A place cannot survive for generations without inhabitants feeling connected in some regard to a larger group, and sharing in

New plan calls for less office, more apartments

Plans for Prairiefire's final phase, called the Village Center, have been revised to include more apartments, less office space and a 23 percent increase in the mixed-use project's overall density.

Museum at Prairiefire wins top contractors award

The Museum at Prairiefire took the top honor at the Associated General Contractors of Kansas annual awards, Wichita Business Journal reports.

2015 Capstone Awards honor 32 CRE projects

Last year was strong for the real estate and development industry in Kansas City. As the economy rebounded, many significant projects made their mark on the metro area. A panel of judges chose these 32 projects as 2015 Capstone Award winners — the most projects

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New tenants for Overland Park's Prairiefire

Nebraska-based Fat Brain Toys is coming to Overland Park, opening its first store outside its home state. Fat Brain Toys was started in mid-2002, when 10-year-old Adam Carson got a magnetic building toy and liked it so much he went online to try to order a larger set.

World's largest dinosaurs arrive at Prairiefire

"The World's Largest Dinosaurs" has opened, the first of 20 exhibits from the American Museum of Natural History to be displayed in Overland Park's Prairiefire development during the next decade.

Newsmaker: Developer Merrill - a builder, a jock, a backer of the arts

At 61, Fred Merrill Jr. still gets excited about dinosaurs. In fact, he can hardly wait for Oct. 8, when "The World's Largest Dinosaurs" exhibit opens in his Prairiefire mixed-use development in Overland Park.

Prairiefire Financing Nets National Recognition

Construction is under way on the Prairiefire Museum and a 300-unit apartment project, the Residences at Prairiefire.

Prairiefire gains four new tenants

Four more tenants will call Prairiefire home when a new area of the Overland Park mixed-use development along the south side of 135th Street between Nall and Lamar avenues launches in May.

Prairiefire retail development breaks ground in Overland Park

A retail and apartment project, anchored by the American Museum of National History, is starting construction in Overland Park.

Unique retail and apartment project Prairiefire is a go

Prairiefire, an ambitious retail and apartment project anchored by a unique collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, is starting construction in Overland Park after six years on the drawing boards.

Construction sparks get $580M Prairiefire mixed-use project going

Crews recently sparked construction of Prairiefire, a $580 million mixed-use development in Overland Park. Although the project has taken years to get to this point and construction will continue into 2017, architects promise...

REI, Rock & Brews planned for fall 2013

Prairiefire, a planned multi-million-dollar Overland Park development that was stalled by the struggling economy, has nabbed two new firsts to the market with more expected....

Prariefire Rekindles Mixed-Use Project

Prairiefire at Lionsgate, a mixed-use development in south Overland Park that has remained stuck on the drawing board, appears ready to heat up.The project is scheduled to come before...

PINSTRIPES: Games, Food, Family

Dale Schwartz says his Pinstripes Bowling/Bocce/Bistro venues are anything but stereotypical bowling alleys. The softly lit, smoke-free...

20-Screen Theater Coming to Prairifire

Overland Park's Prariefire at LionsGate mixed-use development has added a 20-screen dine-in theater to its menu. The Cinetopia theater will open...

Travelport adds to former TWA Building's Loft

A former Trans World Airlines administrative building near Kansas City International Airport finally is taking off again...

Prariefire Project Draws Help From Local

As work on the Museum of Prairiefire move forward, Johnson County students have a hand in the proces.

Prairiefire Development Gets Incentives

Prairiefire, a mixed-use development proposed for 135th Street in Overland Park, has been approved for $66 million in state tax incentives through the STAR bond program.

Stars Align for Museum at Prairiefire

The innovative urban village proposed for southern Overland Park – with the only site of the prestigious American Museum of Natural History outside New York as its centerpiece – sounds too good to be true.

20-Screen Theater Coming to Prairifire

A half-billion-dollar development project with a museum that would showcase exhibits from the American Museum of Natural History was approved in Overland Park...

Prairifire will await 2012 spark

The recession has delayed the start of construction on Prairiefire at Lionsgate until spring 2012, developer Fred Merrill said....