A $120 million mixed-use project will continue Lenexa’s plans to open the city in a 225-acre area at Ridgeview Road and Prairie Star Parkway, creating a western gateway to the metro area.
The Lenexa City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to approve Olathe-based West Star Development’s revised site plan for Vista Village, a 46-acre mixed-use development at the southeast corner of Prairie Star and Ridgeview.
Formerly known as Jayhawk Ridge, the project includes seven retail buildings, 119 townhomes and a five-story, 207-unit condominium property within three miles of big employers such as Meritex, Terracon and Kiewit, among others.
In 2019, the city approved a plan that included potential office, commercial, business park or light industrial for the property.
In July 2020, the developer won City Council approval for Vista Village’s 25-acre community improvement district, through which the city will reimburse West Star using the 1% sales tax levy generated by those properties during the CID’s 22-year lifespan.
The developer, with NSPJ Architects and civil engineer Payne & Brockway PA and NSPJ Architects, plans to redistribute retail and residential space on the western half of the property, creating 119 townhomes on the eastern portion plus a 6,600-square-foot retail building. The townhomes will be divided among 25 buildings in clusters of two, four, five and six units and include two garage parking spaces.
Six retail buildings and a five-story, 207-unit condominium building will be on the west side, appearing as three separate buildings once it is constructed and connected by a lower-level parking garage.
“This site is perhaps our greatest opportunity to showcase our development experience and to match the city of Lenexa’s commitment to first-class development along Ridgeview Road,” West Star Development attorney Patrick Watkins said.
Vista Village is part of The Vista, a 225-acre area also reaching west of Ridgeview and at it’s southeast intersection with Prairie Star Parkway.