Roeland Park looks to rezone former pool site to accommodate hotel and restaurants, but project is ‘in a bit of a holding pattern’

Vacant for decades, the former Roeland Park pool site is being prepared for redevelopment.
Vacant for decades, the former Roeland Park pool site is being prepared for redevelopment.

By Holly Cook

Efforts to accommodate potential developers at the old Roeland Park pool site, located at 4800 Roe Parkway, continued Monday as the city council gave preliminary approval to transition the site from a single-family residential zone to a planned general business district.

The new zone would allow for a hotel and/or restaurant on the site.

The extreme sports venue being considered for development by Zip KC is not specifically permitted within the zoning guidelines but could be approved through a conditional use permit, said City Administrator Keith Moody.

Councilmembers also reviewed a preliminary development plan for the site depicting the potential layout for a multi-story hotel, restaurant and adventure course.

Preliminary plans are required to accompany rezoning applications and Moody emphasized the outline was just a rough draft. If the current development plans do not work out the city can always apply for another change to the zoning, he said.

Moody said development plan shows what the city “hopes to have” at the location.

Councilmember Becky Fast questioned how serious the developers were about committing to the site. Roeland Park has received letters of intent from Zip KC and the Sunflower Hotel Group, but the documents do not obligate developers or the city to follow through with plans, Moody said. Both groups have also conducted feasibility studies on their ideas for the site, which came back positive.

Moody said the hotel group had several other projects they were working on but continued to express interest in the location.

“We’re in a bit of a holding pattern,” Moody said.

The hotel is a key component to the location as it will drive customers to the potential restaurant and adventure course, Moody said.

“It all works together,” he said.

The item was placed on the new business calendar for an upcoming City Council meeting.

A preliminary site plan for the redevelopment of the former pool site. Click to enlarge.
A preliminary site plan for the redevelopment of the former pool site. Click to enlarge.