Work expected soon to prepare Homestead sites for new home construction

The Homestead clubhouse will be razed in the next several weeks.
The Homestead clubhouse will be razed in the next several weeks.

With the approval of a final plat for 11 new home sites, the Prairie Village city council last week set the stage for the start of construction work on the east edge of the former Homestead County Club property.

Homebuilder Evan-Talan Homes purchased the acreage from Homestead last summer as part of a reorganization plan club leadership initiated to address its debt and keep operating.

Evan-Talan president Cory Childress said he expected crews to have begun demolition of the existing Homestead clubhouse within 45 days. Once the clubhouse is down, grading work on the home lots will begin. The company hopes to have the sites ready for home construction in the next four to five months.

Childress said the company is considering holding an online auction for the 11 home sites. Approximately 35 potential buyers have already expressed interest in the project.

“We’ve heard a lot of excitement about the project because it will be the only place in the area with all brand new homes,” he said. “There is a protection in the fact that all of your neighbors are going to have a similar investment and be committed like you are.”

The homes will become part of a new homes association, “Homestead Estates,” that will have its own set of guidelines.

“We’ll have a more strict set of design guidelines than other areas, more in line with what the new subdivisions have out south,” Childress said.

Homestead announced an investment in November that will help it pay for renovations to consolidate its operations in the current snack-bar and fitness center structure.