Shawnee nixes $50M proposal for old Wonderscope site

In a marathon meeting, the Shawnee City Council narrowly rejected a rezoning request that would have paved the way for redevelopment of the vacated site of the old Wonderscope Children’s Museum near downtown.


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The Council voted 5-4 on Monday to turn down a proposed five-story apartment complex at 5700 King St., the former home of the Wonderscope facility, which is a converted elementary school that was built decades ago. The museum moved into a new $15 million home, which opened in October in the Red Bridge area of south Kansas City.

The proposed apartment complex has drawn strong opposition from hundreds of residents, who worry about the building towering over their homes, hurting the character of their neighborhood and adding to traffic congestion.

Resident Cindy Hayth helped form a citizens group and submitted a protest petition. She worried that the complex — which would include 189 apartments and

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Marcus Partners Sells NJ Office Asset for $50M

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Liberty Properties LLC has acquired a 232,000-square-foot, class A office building in Morristown, NJ for $50 million. The company purchased the property from an affiliate of Marcus Partners.

JLL capital markets’ senior managing directors, Jose Cruz and Kevin O’Hearn and senior directors, Steve Simonelli and Michael Oliver represented the seller and procured the buyer to complete the sale.

Situated on a 20-acre property, the three-story asset, 44 Whippany Road, recently underwent more than $18 million in renovations.

The property now features on-site amenities, including an executive conference center, a Starbucks-branded café, a fitness center with Peloton and LifeFitness equipment, an outdoor patio and picnic area and an atrium dining area.

Located near Interstate 287 and Rte. 24, with direct access to the Patriot’s Path walking trail, the office property additionally offers a bike-share and ride-share program.

“We’re thrilled to have helped Marcus execute their business plan so

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