Shawnee Mission sells Somerset Elementary to assisted living developer for $900K

A schematic rendering included in Hunt Midwest's informational packet on its proposed assisted living development on the site of Somerset Elementary.

The Shawnee Mission School Board on Monday unanimously approved a contract to sell Somerset Elementary to a real estate developer for $900,000.

THe developer, Hunt Midwest, intends to use the site for an assisted living community to be built in conjunction with Principal Senior Living Group.

Hunt has a 75-day due diligence window during which it can walk away from the deal. President Ora Reynolds told the Prairie Village Post the company will begin working with the city of Prairie Village right away on taking the necessary steps to secure approval and zoning for the project.

The proposed development would have 59 units, 75 percent of which would be for assisted living, and 25 percent of which would be reserved for memory loss patients, primarily those living with Alzheimer’s. The facility would be branded under the Benton House name. Two other Benton Houses are already located in the Kansas City area.

Reynolds said the group’s plans for the site include a building that would be just slightly larger than the school’s footprint. She said they’ll be working with the city on plans for the existing green space, including the possibility of a park-land donation.

The district only received one offer for the property, which had been privately appraised at $840,000.

Hunt hopes to have plans for the project approved by October, and the building completed 12 to 14 months after ground is broken.