Developer Clay Blair plans to build five single-family homes on part of the former Entercom property facing Booth Street in Westwood – as soon as the broadcast tower that dominates the site comes down.
Blair said the section of land he owns along Booth is approved for five single-family homes. The remainder of the former Entercom property was bought earlier this year by the Shawnee Mission School District as a potential school site. The land sits across 50th Street from Westwood View Elementary.
While Blair does most of his development work in southern Johnson County, he is well aware of how popular the northeast part of the county has become with the boom in teardowns and other new housing construction in places including Fairway, Mission Hills and Prairie Village.
“We think that Westwood is a very fine neighborhood and new homes in older neighborhoods have became a popular thing,” he said. “I think people want to return to older areas and not be that far out.”
Blair envisions building homes on the Westwood site in the 2,500 square-foot to 3,200 square-foot range. He believes there will be strong interest from builders–once the property is available.
Right now, there is a fenced area where support cables for the broadcast tower are anchored. Construction will have to wait until the tower comes down, which Blair believes will be within 1 1/2 years.
“I wouldn’t buy it if I thought it was five years,” he said.
Blair founded his firm, Prime Development, in 1966, and it has grown as Johnson County has prospered and expanded. The firm has developed retail, apartments and residential projects with an emphasis on new home neighborhoods over the past decade.