Meadowbrook development well under way; apartments lead residential projects

Culverts are being installed as part of the new roadway network at the Meadowbrook redevelopment.
Culverts are being installed as part of the new roadway network at the Meadowbrook redevelopment.

Roadwork and laying the foundation for what will be a 282-unit apartment complex are the initial projects under way at the $200 million development being built at the former Meadowbrook Country Club.

Bridges and culverts for the new Meadowbrook Parkway that will provide primary access to the hundreds of new residences and cross its internal ponds are currently being built, said Justin Duff, project manager for VanTrust Real Estate.

“We’re happy where things are at,” Duff said.

The redevelopment will convert the 136-acre former golf course northeast of 95th Street and Nall Avenue into an 84-acre county park and 52 acres of residential and commercial.

Design drawings for the park to be operated by Johnson County are about 50 percent complete.

Park construction bids are expected to be sought later this year with work likely beginning in February, according to Cliff Middleton, planning and development director for the Johnson County Parks & Recreation District.

Middleton said the park is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2017. The earliest opening would be September or October, but November is more likely, he added.

The remaining property will be developed with 53 single-family homes, 70 townhouses, about 330 senior units and a 50-room boutique hotel.

Duff said the building pad is in place for the apartments and deep foundations are being constructed. The concrete garage for the apartments is expected to go up beginning in October. The apartments are scheduled to be completed in May 2018.

After the apartments, the townhouse element of the project is furthest along. The 70 townhouses will be built by Tom French and at this point, almost half of the units have had deposits put down.

“They’re marketing really well,” Duff said.

An announcement also is expected soon on builders for the custom single-family home aspect of the development.

Progress on the senior housing was delayed in June when Legend Senior Living, the Wichita-based operator of retirement communities, dropped out of the development.

Duff said VanTrust is in negotiations with a new developer for the senior housing component. He also said there has been strong interest by potential hotel developers.

This aerial view from June shows the extent of the Meadowbrook project. Photo by Mark Botsford.
This aerial view from June shows the extent of the Meadowbrook project.
Photo by Mark Botsford.