Lenexa approves West Star Development’s massive mixed-use

 

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.

 

Vista Village now awaits approval of its final developmental plans from the Planning Commission and City Council sometime this year.

 

By   –  Staff Writer, The Kansas City Business Journal