The site plan for On the Go Travel Center proposed for 9520 Marion Park Dr. Rendering by Phelps Engineering.

On the Go Travel Center proposed for Bannister and 71 Hwy

On the Go Travel Center would cost up to $6 million, be open 24/7 and, if everything goes smooth open in Spring 2025.

By Don Bradley

A full-service travel center with gas, food and semi-trailer truck services is being planned for a site on the south side of Bannister Road between Marion Park Drive and U.S. 71 Highway, just west of Home Depot.

Representatives for the developer told a meeting of the Southern Communities Coalition on Wednesday that the On the Go Travel Center would cost up to $6 million, be open 24/7 and, if everything goes smooth with zoning approval, open for business in Spring 2025.

The 120 foot long west facing façade of On the Go Travel Center. Rendering by Phelps Engineering.

Plans show the 7,200-square-foot store backing up to Marion Park Drive and facing west.

The proposal would require a zoning change and a special use permit.

Douglas Stone, attorney for the project, said the proposal is slated for the Kansas City Plan Commission on July 18. If things go right, the next step would be the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

The Travel Center will have 5 semi truck fuel pumps, 22 semi truck parking stalls and a truck scale in addition to 16 auto fuel pumps.

Part of the approval process is a required meeting at which the developer informs residents of the intent. That was the purpose of Wednesday’s special meeting, and residents came with plenty of questions.

How many auto fuel pumps? 16.

How many big-rig parking spots? 22

Do plans include charging stations for electric vehicles? Not at this time.

How many employees? Three per shift, about 15 total.

What restaurant? Likely either Mr. Goodcents or Subway. Maybe chicken, too.

Is the project asking for tax breaks? No.

The proposed plan for the Bannister location is similar to the On the Go Travel Center along I-35 in Edgerton, KS.

Those questions were easy. The harder ones concerned how the project would honor the legacy of Hickman Mills and the history of the three wagon train trails, the Santa Fe, California and Oregon, which ran through the area. Suggestions included monuments, signage and perhaps even a kiosk inside the convenience store that could display the area’s history.

Stone and other representatives seemed receptive to those ideas. And he suggested a relationship with the Hickman Mills School District could be a “feeder for jobs.”

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