Bellmont Promenade developer asks Shawnee to consider residential component for project

One of Legacy Development’s renderings of the proposed Bellmont Promenade center.

The company hoping to break ground on the long-vacant land at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Mauer Road has requested that the city of Shawnee consider allowing it to add a residential component to its proposed Bellmont Promenade project.

In a letter submitted to the city earlier this month, developer Steve Beaumont said the company would be asking the city to update the land use guidelines for the property so it could pursue a mixed-use project. The plans given initial approval by the city were for a commercial development only, which was to feature a series of big box retail operations as well as several restaurants in pad site.

“The purpose of the request is to provide the opportunity for unified developments that contain truly mixed use developments that both residential and commercial/office uses, as well as buildings with both office/retail and residential spaces,” Beaumont wrote.

The land use request will got before the city’s Planning Commission for a public hearing March 19.

In January, the company posted a marketing brochure on its website showing that the developers had targeted Dick’s Sporting Goods and Hobby Lobby as anchors for the project. But the company has since walked that back, telling the Shawnee Dispatch that “The brochure that was posted to our website was unfortunately posted in error.”

The updated marketing brochure on the company’s website no longer shows a site plan or lists any proposed tenants.

The Shawnee City Council approved nearly $20 million in public finance incentives for the project last summer on a 5-3 vote. Some neighborhood homeowners have expressed concerns with the prospect of developing the site, saying that the project would pose traffic and stormwater issues.