Homestead announces investment to help consolidate, improve facilities


Homestead Country Club on Wednesday announced the latest move in its reorganization plan, saying the club had formed a partnership with Kansas City Sustainable Development Partners, LLC.

Homestead board chair Cyd Nelson said KCSDP would be helping finance the renovation of the club’s remaining facilities as it plans to tear down its main clubhouse. Nelson said the club plans to remodel the existing snack bar into a more upscale, casual grille that will serve as the main dining area. The kitchen in the facility will provide poolside food service as well.

KCSDP is a group of real estate professionals that came together to focus on the redevelopment of commercial properties. Among the projects the group has targeted since its founding in 2011 are the renovation of the Commerce Tower in downtown Kansas City into a residential building, and the redevelopment of several vacant Kansas City, Mo., School District buildings.

“Our investment here is consistent with our community oriented approach to development,” KCSDP managing member E. F. Chip Walsh said in a release on the announcement. “All of the KCSDP Partners are former Rockhill Tennis Club members, so we know first-hand the value and importance institutions like Homestead have to their members and their surrounding communities. Homestead is a vital part of the social fabric for northeast Johnson County that should be preserved and have the opportunity to thrive.”

Earlier this month, Homestead submitted plans to the Prairie Village planning commission breaking its front six acres into 11 home lots and calling for its main clubhouse to be razed.

Nelson said the redevelopment plans being worked on with KCSDP also call for new landscaping that will help tie the pool area and the remaining building together.

“We are confident that KCSDP is the best partner to position Homestead Country Club for ongoing success,” Nelson said. “Most importantly, this means we will continue providing our members the recreational facilities, dining experiences and family-friendly environment they have enjoyed for more than 60 years at Homestead.”