Bids sought for demolition of former Meadowbrook clubhouse; new activity center will replace it in new park

Bids are being sought to demolish the former Meadowbrook Clubhouse.
Bids are being sought to demolish the former Meadowbrook Clubhouse.

Bids are being solicited to demolish the former clubhouse at Meadowbrook Country Club, part of a major redevelopment project transforming the former golf course into a county park and residential development.

Jim Wilson of the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District said the bids will be opened Oct. 20. The earliest the parks board could take action on a contract would be Nov. 16.

“At that point, we’ll have an actual time frame,” Wilson said Thursday. “It should be a fairly simple demolition project, there’s a small amount of asbestos that will be abated.”

The wood-frame building was completed in the mid-1970s and was the hub of activity at the former Meadowbrook Golf Course and Country Club. The club, which was founded in 1954, closed two years ago after years of declining membership.

VanTrust Real Estate purchased the property northeast of 95th Street and Nall Avenue and is teaming with Prairie Village and Johnson County Parks on a redevelopment plan.

About two-thirds of the 136-acre site will become a county park that’s expected to open in November 2017.

The remaining property will be developed with 53 single-family homes, a 282-unit apartment project, 70 townhouses,a 50-room boutique hotel, 5,000 square-foot restaurant and a senior housing development with 330 units.

As part of the public portion of the development, a $3.8 million activity center will be built by Johnson County Parks and Recreation. The parks board approved the project last May.

Saving the existing clubhouse was rejected because of its age, and the cost of rehabbing it and making it handicapped accessible.