Lee's Summit: The next hottest development corridor

A rendering of the plan for The Village at View High, a $225 million development in Lee's Summit.

A rendering of the plan for The Village at View High, a $225 million development in Lee's Summit.

The Lee’s Summit Planning Commission on Tuesday evening unanimously approved a vast new $225 million development project spanning more than 80 acres in Lee’s Summit. It’s the latest in a string of investments in the eastern Jackson County suburb making it the hottest area of the city and one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri.

At a Tuesday evening meeting, Parrot Properties President John Bondon presented his development team’s plan for The Village at View High. The massive mixed-use development is located in a picturesque area at Third Street and View High Drive in Lee’s Summit, just north of New Longview in Western Lee’s Summit. The plan consists of 250,000 square feet of retail space, more than 100,000 square feet of office and medical space, upscale apartments, a senior living facility, as well as dining and entertainment.

Area A is a 23-acre proposal for 304 apartments, area B is 13 acres of senior living, and area C is a proposed 35 acres of retail, restaurant, and office space. Click the image to enlarge.

Bondon, a longtime Lee’s Summit resident, says the site is strategically situated at one of the highest points in the city near Metropolitan Community College-Longview, Longview Lake, and the Frank White Jr. Softball Complex. He says the surrounding retail and housing markets have seen vigorous and widespread growth recently. That, coupled with the planned Cerner expansion and its satellite campus in Lee’s Summit, is certain to attract new residents and shoppers to the View High and Third Street corridor.

“I love the city of Lee’s Summit, and am thrilled to bring unique shopping amenities, one-of-a-kind apartment living, and other stimulating retail and restaurant options to an underserved Lee’s Summit area,” Bondon said. “I believe that this development will enhance Lee’s Summit and add to its progress and success going forward.”

The development team includes Block & Company Inc., Engineering Solutions, TransSystems, Hirst and Associates Architects, Bushyhead LLC, and Humphrey Farrington & McClain PC.

“This development, when completed, should be the most exciting new construction in the area since Summit Woods,” David Block of Block & Company said.

The Village at View High will be developed in three phases, with a proposed 23 acres of land for approximately 300 high-end luxury apartments; 13 acres for a gated community of senior living villas, townhomes, and apartments; and another 35 acres for retail, restaurants, and office opportunities.

Paragon Star incorporates the highest quality synthetic turf fields connected to retail and restaurants neighboring office and multifamily space, as well as a 120-room hotel. Read more here.

Bondon’s project is just one piece of a round of more than $500 million worth of newly announced projects for the rapidly growing View High corridor in Lee’s Summit. Those proposed investments include the $212 million first phase of the $400 million Paragon Star mixed-use soccer village at I-470 and View High Drive, as well as a $50 million phase two of the New Longview commercial project, which will include a new B&B movie theater. Finally, the Summit Church is another $9 million project under construction -- and that's just its first phase.

“We call all this new development activity Lee’s Summit’s very own West Side Story,” Lee’s Summit EDC President and CEO Rick McDowell said. “If all the projects currently on the table are approved, Lee’s Summit is looking at half a billion in fresh investment on the city’s west side over the next two years.”

McDowell believes Cerner’s new headquarter campus taking shape just seven miles away will inject Lee’s Summit with new employees who want to live and play in the area.

Bill Brown and Christine Bushyhead presented details of Paragon Star at a recent CREW KC meeting.

Bill Brown and Christine Bushyhead presented details of Paragon Star at a recent CREW KC meeting.

In preparation for growth and increased vehicle traffic, a newly created Transportation Development District will provide funding for necessary improvements at the View High and I-470 interchange. The TDD will benefit existing development and neighborhoods on the west side of Lee’s Summit, as well as proposed developments within the View High corridor.

Such developments include entrepreneur Flip Short’s Paragon Star soccer village, a sprawling mixed-use project consisting of 10 artificial turf soccer fields and 100,000 square feet of retail, office, restaurants, and entertainment, as well as a 120-room hotel and 220 apartments.

“Future residential and retail development along the View High corridor south of Paragon Star soccer village, as well as planned improvements to I-470, will create important synergy for the Lee’s Summit community specifically and eastern Jackson County in general,” said Bill Brown, a member of the Paragon Star development team.

Paragon Star’s preliminary development plan is set to go before the planning commission on October 6. For more details on that project, read our recent article here.