By Sarah Ritter
Putting fears aside about Overland Park losing its suburban feel, the planning commission this week greenlighted massive, moving displays on top of four buildings, the first such permanent project to come to the city.
Developer Kenneth Block wants to permanently display artwork on digital boards that wrap around the top of buildings at CityPlace, near U.S. 69 and College Boulevard. The art would be animated in multicolored LED lights.
"This isn't going to be a Vegas thing," said Curtis Holland, an attorney representing the developer. "There's no blinking lights or fast-moving lights. It's not like that. It's really intended to be appropriate to the community to display artwork."
Block said a committee would be chosen to approve the artwork. The city has stipulated that the displays may not be used for advertising or logos. Block has been incorporating sculptures and other art into all of his new buildings at CityPlace.
"I'm very excited about this lighting. I think it's going to be a very iconic piece for Overland Park," planning commisson member Kip Strauss said. "I think it will add a lot of positive conversation to the future of Overland Park."
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