Developers of Park Place in Leawood consider a multifamily project in downtown Lee’s Summit

rpulley@lsjournal.comSeptember 9, 2013 

Developers of a highly successful, mixed-use project in Leawood are considering a redevelopment project for multifamily housing in downtown Lee’s Summit.

Park Place, developed by Jeff Alpert and Melanie Mann in Leawood offers retail, Class A office, including the AMC Theatres headquarters, popular retail shops and has under construction 177 residential units, including apartments, townhomes and lofts.

The Mayor and City Council are to go on an “informational tour” of Park Place next Tuesday, Sept. 10, to meet with the development team.

Other community leaders from groups such as Lee’s Summit Downtown Main Street Inc. have been invited to tour the development.

Alpert and Mann are interested in redeveloping property east of City Hall, including the Herrington Automotive building, city officials said, because of the site’s nearness to downtown amenities and possible tax abatements through the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority. The development concept includes refurbishing an existing historic structure, The Ice House.

Mayor Randy Rhoads said the city hasn’t received an application from the developers and the parties are in a very early stages of discussing the project.

Rhoads said the plan, to his understanding, is for a residential project at Second and Green streets. The site is much smaller than Park Place, which covers 34 acres.

“You have to scale it down, if you will,” Rhoads said. “It’s something that’s different from what Lee’s Summit has seen before, it’s a chance to peek under the circus tent and see what they have going on.”

Rhoads said the City Council’s stated goal is to be “bold” in seeking economic development. “This will be a chance to see if this is what they have in mind as a body or not,” he said.

Council members’ reactions can give the developers a sense of whether to invest more time and money in formalizing a plan and the expense of applying, Rhoads said.

Alpert describes Park Place as an urban-style, mixed-use community at 117th and Nall .

Alpert said his company doesn’t have a solid plan as to exactly what will be proposed in Lee’s Summit.

He said during Tuesday’s tour his team will talk about the Lee’s Summit plan with some more detail, but the real purpose is for the council members to “get a sense of who we are and what we do.”

“Lee’s Summit has a wonderful downtown with lots of character, that’s something we don’t need to reinvent,” Alpert said. “In a nutshell, we’re exploring what is primarily a residential opportunity in Lee’s Summit.”

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