New residential development plan submitted for old Leawood Country Club property

Three empty cul-de-sacs is all that's been built so far on the old Leawood Country Club property.
Three empty cul-de-sacs are all that’s been built so far on the old Leawood Country Club property.

A new proposal to develop the former Leawood Country Club property with 24 single-family houses and eliminate recreational amenities contained in a previous plan has been submitted to the Leawood planning department.

[pullquote]New Leawood housing proposal

• Plan calls for building 24 single-family homes
• Eliminates a clubhouse, pool and tennis courts that were part of previous plan
• Site, which housed Leawood Country Club for decades, was acquired by developers in 2004
• Public hearing set for 6 p.m. November 10 at Leawood Presbyterian

[/pullquote]The Village of Leawood proposal, submitted by developer Mark Simpson, is scheduled for a public hearing before the Leawood Planning Commission on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A neighborhood meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at Leawood Presbyterian Church, 2715 W. 83rd St.

The new proposal will require rezoning because it eliminates the clubhouse, pool and tennis courts that were part of the previous Estates of Old Leawood plan approved by the City Council. That plan called for 23 homes to be developed on the 16-acre site.

The new plan calls for building four houses on the part of the property where the clubhouse, pool and tennis courts would have gone, and spaces the 20 other houses around three cul-de-sacs that were built on the site previously.

Richard Coleman, Leawood planning director, said planners will likely recommend that pedestrian access be provided through the project to an existing bridge that crosses a creek on its eastern boundary. That path would allow access to the nearby Ward Parkway shopping center.

It’s been 14 years since the former Leawood Country Club property near 89th Street and Lee Boulevard was acquired by developers. The previous Estates of Old Leawood plan was approved in 2004 after a bitter rezoning battle. The property abuts a single-family neighborhood to the west.

Simpson could not be reached for comment, but a search indicates he is co-owner of Ellis Associates LLC, a development firm. Together with Saul Ellis, Simpson has developed upscale residential projects that include Hallbrook Farms, Hunter’s Ridge, LionsGate and the Staley Farms Golf Community.