I own and operate the Chestnut Fine Arts Center, a professional theater located on the proposed site for the new Johnson County courthouse.
I opened the Chestnut more than 10 years ago with the understanding that my property was situated in a protected area. In 2003, the city of Olathe announced a 30-year plan called “Envision Olathe,” a revitalization plan and a “tool to guide long-term decision-making to realize a shared future.” I was excited to be a part of the revitalization and thought the Chestnut was an asset and a perfect match to the long-term city plan.
The Chestnut is one of the few thriving businesses in downtown Olathe, with more than 13,000 patrons visiting our facility each year. We have more than 700 season ticket members, and 95 percent of our performances are sold out.
We are happy to provide entertainment and education in an area that has minimal opportunities, and we would like to remain in our location for many years to come.
Executive director, Chestnut Fine Arts Center