Prairiefire Development Sparks New Interest in Overland Park

March 15, 2013

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Prairiefire soon will burn bright in Overland Park, Ks., one of the nation’s most celebrated suburban communities. Developed by locally based Merrill Companies, LLC, and slated to open in spring 2014, the $430 million mixed-use Prairiefire project promises to be one of the Midwest’s most dynamic retail and residential districts.

The development’s cornerstone will be the $25 million Museum of Prairiefire, a collaboration with New York’s famed American Museum of Natural History. This heartland outpost will be the first venue outside of New York to continually host American Museum of Natural History traveling exhibitions, which will pay homage to Kansas’ history, geology and scientific efforts.

“When the Museum of Prairiefire opens in spring 2014, hundreds of thousands of people will find in Overland Park something that today only exists in New York City,” said Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach. “This project will help further distinguish our city and soon will be a premier attraction not only for the metropolitan area, but also the entire Midwest.”

Destination outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), which will span 25,000 square feet, and specialty grocery retailer The Fresh Market will open in fall 2013. Several first-to-market dining and entertainment venues will follow when Prairiefire’s first phase is completed in spring 2014.

They include:

• Gene Simmons’ Rock & Brews restaurant
• CoCoBolo’s Wood Fired Grill and Cantina
• Cinetopia, luxury movie theaters that serve gourmet food
• Pinstripes Bowling/Bocce/Bistro, a distinctive dining and entertainment venue
• Wasabi Sushi Bar, a neighborhood hotspot for sushi and Japanese cuisine

Located just two miles from the Overland Park Soccer Complex and four miles from the Overland Park Convention Center, Prairiefire will be a haven for groups and a must-see attraction for area visitors.

According to Candy Merrill, principal of Merrill Companies, “At Prairiefire, conventiongoers and sports tournament participants will enjoy fun, high-quality dining and entertainment options unique to the region, all close to their hotels and minutes from meeting and athletic facilities.”

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