The Year 2020: John Knox Village unveils plans to upgrade campus

tporter@lsjournal.comJune 4, 2014 

  • $90

    Amount in millions that John Knox Village plans to spend in the next three years to expand its 400-plus acre campus in Lee’s Summit.

The beaming smile on Dan Rexroth face tells it all.

Rexroth, CEO and president of John Knox Village, has not let the expressive grin slip from his face since announcing a $90 million plan to upgrade the senior-care campus whose administrative offices are at 400 N.W. Murray Drive in Lee’s Summit.

John Knox is implementing a multi-year strategic plan that will guide the organization as it redevelops areas of its 400-plus acre campus with new construction projects over the next three years totaling upwards of $90 million.

The plan includes the addition of two new apartment buildings with 163 apartment homes; new common areas with meeting and activity spaces; dining venues; salon; a new fitness center that includes an indoor aquatics center, workout room and class space and other amenities.

The announcement was made May 29.

“For the last year we have been putting pieces of this together,” Rexroth said June 3 from inside his office on N.W. Murray Drive. “For it to culminate and to finally be able to talk to the residential community, the staff community and the greater Lee’s Summit community, it’s a real thrill. It’s really a culmination of a lot of hard work, but the hard work has really just begun.”

While there has been steady work throughout the John Knox campus in recent years to build new, modern homes, or villas, expand services such as Village-assisted living/memory care, and update existing buildings like Villager Complex, Rexroth said there hasn’t been a building boom of this magnitude since the Village’s early days.

In business since 1970, John Knox Village is in its 44th year of senior care in Lee’s Summit. The expansion, once completed, will better serve the needs of current residents and ensure that John Knox Village is ready for the next wave of retirees, Rexroth said.

“In the year 2020 the first wave of the baby boomers begins to turn 75,” Rexroth said. “That’s kind of the sweet spot for our customer base so we knew that there would be this huge wave of new seniors taking a look at retirement living. We knew that would be a key time to be ready for. We have to be prepared for not only yesterday’s seniors, today’s seniors, but tomorrow seniors. There will be different expectations and things that they are looking for.”

He added expansion plans has already created 15 new jobs and despite more than 1,000 employees already in place to care for more than 1,500 residents, more job opportunities will arise over the next several years.

“We want to make sure we have adequate healthcare for seniors, but also it’s about building community in a relational kind of sense,” Rexroth said. “Even though this is a lot about the buildings, it’s really not about the buildings. It’s about the people in the buildings. It’s really about building community.”


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