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McKeever's Market to anchor 'Streets of West Pryor' in Lee's Summit

The $180 million Streets of West Pryor mixed-use development in Lee's Summit will be anchored by McKeever’s Market & Eatery. The 63,000 SF grocery store is a new-to-market concept operated by the McKeever family, with third-generational roots and over 40 years’ experience in the grocery space.

Drake Development broke ground in May on the 70-acre, $180 million project, located at the intersection of Interstate 470 and NW Pryor Road.

Other highlights include a 220+ luxury apartment complex, 165+ room hotel, 160+ age-restricted apartments-villas, and a wide range of national and local retail and restaurants. Due to ongoing negotiations, Drake declined to disclose additional tenant commitments.

The luxury apartment complex is being developed by Indianapolis-based Pearl Companies. First-class amenities will include underground structured parking, pool, fitness center, multiple courtyards, and first-floor access to restaurants, retail, and walking-trails to neighboring Lowenstein Park.

Led by Drake Development president, Matt Pennington, Streets of West Pryor was designed with the intent of creating a walkable and sustainable mixed-use community at the gateway of Lee’s Summit.

“When people think of a “mixed-use” development sometimes the end-product falls short, as it’s commonplace to have opportunities for live and play, but the “play” doesn’t extend beyond shopping or dining. We wanted to extend the “play” to outdoor recreation, and this was achieved through ample green space and walking trails connecting to neighboring Lowenstein Park. It was critical we tailored the site plan to include Lowenstein Park, which is a favorite among Lee’s Summit residents,” Pennington said.

The property is one of the last large infill sites in the KC metro, continually pursued by developers for its ideal location, but plagued with significant development issues including large quantities of rock, varying topography, power line relocation, and land assemblage of thirteen parcels owned by eight different property owners.

“We had an obligation to listen to any and all resident concerns. Planning meetings were meant to be an open discussion, answering all questions and iterating the project as we moved forward to address those concerns. We truly believe Streets of West Pryor was “co-created” with the City of Lee’s Summit and its residents,” Pennington said.

"As a consultant to Drake Development throughout the process and as a lifelong resident of Lee's Summit, I am so proud of what this brings to our community today and in the future, John Lovell, Lee's Summit Planning Commissioner added.

Other partners involved in the development include Emery Sapp & Sons, Lovell Sagebrush Insurance, RI Architects, and Schwerdt Design Group. Streets of West Pryor is expected to be complete by Summer 2020.

Fogel-Anderson will manage Mission Gateway construction project, timetable

Fogel-Anderson Construction Co. has been named Construction Manager for the long-awaited Mission Gateway redevelopment project at Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway, marking a departure from the typical General Contractor model.

“The complexities of Mission Gateway and our determination to use the best in class contractors led us to utilize a construction manager over a single prime general contractor,” said Tom Valenti of The Cameron Group, which is co-developing Mission Gateway with GFI Development Company. “We believe that Fogel-Anderson Construction, with their more than 100 years of experience in the Kansas City market, will enable us to deliver a development that residents of the area will be proud to live, work, play and stay in.”

Emery Sapp & Sons began site preparation in September, setting the stage for the first phase of construction that includes apartments, building pad sites and public road improvements. Future phases include a hotel, office building, 40,000-square foot food hall, and destination entertainment venue, all slated for delivery in 2021.

“Mission Gateway has a number of moving parts that are interrelated. Fogel-Anderson’s role as Construction Manager is to build and maintain the master budget, schedule, and plan the logistics of the entire development,” said Roger Summers, Fogel-Anderson vice president. “As construction ramps up on the separate buildings, our team will coordinate the activities of dozens of prime and subcontractors working on site.”

Neighbors Construction will serve as General Contractor for Mission Gateway’s first vertical construction, a multifamily-over-retail building adjacent to a parking garage. Located on the development’s north side along Shawnee Mission Parkway, the residential portion of the project is targeted for a spring 2020 completion.

Kansas City-based architecture design firm El Dorado, Inc. designed the overall master plan.

Runway Construction Cleared for Takeoff at Lee’s Summit Airport

A key runway at Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport will close in April as construction begins on the final phase of an airfield extension plan two decades in the making. The city first approved conceptual plans to extend the airport’s primary north/south runway in 1996, envisioning a corporate aircraft hub serving Eastern Jackson County that would lift Lee’s Summit’s economic profile. This September, the extended 5,500-foot long runway will finally open, paving the way for fresh economic development opportunity and expansion.

"This is an exciting time for Lee’s Summit with all of the economic development activity in the I-470 corridor near the airport. The runway extension will encourage additional investment as we accommodate more business and corporate aircraft," said Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads. “This project continues to solidify Lee’s Summit’s ranking as a best place to live in the metropolitan area, state, and nation.”

Approximately 50,000 takeoffs and landings occur at the Lee’s Summit Airport each year, with aircraft ranging from single engine, single seat planes to midsize corporate jets. On average, about 137 takeoffs and landings take place each day for a total of about 50,000 operations a year.  After the new runway is completed, airport officials predict air traffic will increase by 30 percent.

“These flights are primarily business related, and they bring marketing, professional, technical, service and support personnel to the area. Those travelers help boost the local economy by spending money at nearby hotels, car rental agencies and restaurants,” Lee’s Summit Airport Manager John Ohrazda said. “The new runway is expected to have a significant positive impact on Lee’s Summit Airport takeoffs and landings.”

All flights will be halted for three weeks starting April 10 when work begins on the primary intersection of the airport’s two runways. Air traffic is expected to resume by May 1 when the airport’s second, shorter runway reopens. Ohrazda said city staff and planners worked hard to minimize disruptions for users and airport tenants throughout the construction process. 

“While the short-term runway closures will be an inconvenience to all, the long-term benefits of the airport improvements will result in Lee’s Summit Airport being a first-class general aviation airport of which the aviation community can be proud,” Ohrazda said.

The runway improvements will be completed less than a year after Lee’s Summit purchased the former Air Charter hangar building at 2525 N.E. Douglas St., from DeJarnette Enterprises Inc. for $1.5 million. Renamed Hangar 1, the city purchased the 40,000 square foot facility to help accommodate expected demand for additional business aircraft space.

Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council President and CEO Rick McDowell said his organization will leveragethe airport runway extension project and new hangar to help attract new investment and development. 

“The increase in aviation related activity creates a tremendous opportunity for enhanced business retention, expansion and attraction activity tied to the airport,” McDowell said. “The LSEDC plans to highlight the new hangar as an important community asset as we work to grow and attract businesses that rely on aviation.”

The runway improvements and hangar investment is expected to open up new development opportunities for Lee’s Summit, as well as surrounding communities in Eastern Jackson County and the entire Kansas City region, according to 2017 LSEDC Chairwoman Christine Bushyhead

“The ability to accommodate ‘based’ corporate aircraft, as well as offer additional room for overnight, transient aircraft, helps create a strong selling point for Lee’s Summit as an important gateway to the Kansas City region,” Bushyhead said.

Emery Sapp and Sons was the low bidder for the paving project, which began with phased-in airfield closures in the fall of 2016. Crawford Murphy and Tilly, Inc. is providing engineering services.

Lee's Summit Airport will be the setting-- and development in and around the airport will be a featured topic at MetroWireMedia's "This is our KC" breakfast and panel discussion from 7:30-9 am on April 11. Register for the event here and check out our panelists here. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email Lisa@MetroWireMedia.com for more information!

DBIA names area leaders in design-build

DBIA names area leaders in design-build

The top regional designers and contractors took home honors from the Design-Build Institute of America last week for their "best in craft" projects across the region in 2016. These projects exemplified the increasingly popular “design-build” approach, where an integrated team of designers and contractors work under a single contract.