Work begins on new 54-room Meadowbrook Inn in Prairie Village

A rendering from architects Looney Ricks Kiss of the new Meadowbrook Inn, which is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

The developer of the massive project on the former Meadowbrook Country Club property in Prairie Village is moving forward with plans for the construction of a inn that is intended to serve as a kind of center of gravity for the entire project.

Situated just east of a pond that abuts the new Johnson County Park and Recreation District land, the Meadowbrook Inn is intended to serve as a gathering point for guests, residents of the new housing on the land, and members of the general public visiting the park.

A view of the restaurant that will be part of the inn facility.

VanTrust Real Estate broke ground on the project last week and anticipates the project will be completed in August 2019.

When completed, the inn will include

  • 54 rooms in king, double queen, family and “presidential” layouts
  • An exterior space configured to host events like wedding receptions and other parties
  • A swimming pool and spa
  • A restaurant and cafe that will be open to the public
  • A business center with a conference “board” room that can be reserved.
  • A covered patio and courtyard with a fire pit.

“This critical architectural element is both a multifaceted amenity and focal point within the park, which combine to enhance the value of the overall development that is generally comprised of 70 townhomes, 53 single family homes, 282 luxury apartments and approximately 222 units of high-end senior living, all set within an 84 acre regional Park that is owned and operated by Johnson County Parks and Recreation,” reads a memo from Prairie Village staff.

The Prairie Village city council last week approved a resolution indicating the city’s intent to issue up to $15 million in industrial revenue bonds for the construction of the project. Industrial revenue bonds allow developers to purchase construction materials exempt from sales tax. Under the development agreement, VanTrust Real Estate will be diverting the funds saved on sales tax to “finance a portion of the park improvements.”