Overland Park Advances Deer Creek Apartment Complex Plan

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – After months of debate, the Overland Park Planning Commission recommends approval of plans for a new apartment complex on Deer Creek Golf Course.

On Monday, the committee voted 6-4 to approve the developers’ request to rezone approximately 11 acres of land on the Deer Creek Golf Course from a single-family (R-1) residential neighborhood to a large apartment neighborhood. height (RP) -6).

GLDC LLC intends to reduce the perimeter of the Deer Creek Golf Course to create a new apartment complex.

Deer Creek Golf Course and Proposed Apartment Complex Zoning Map.

During the public hearing, around a dozen area residents spoke out against the proposed development.

Steve Hill said he believes if the developer intends to seek tax incentives to develop the property, the city will reward poor maintenance of the existing course.

“An immediate vote for this zoning, built or not, unduly transfers millions of dollars of assets from our owners into the hands of this absent owner; Punish longtime owners and reward this landowner who only made the golf course worse, ”Hill said.

Joyce Goldstein said she believes the developer does not fully intend to upgrade the existing golf course once the proposed apartment complex is built.

“I don’t think we should roll the dice and bet on a project with such high stakes,” Goldstein said. “Once the zoning is changed to R-6 in this area, future R-6 zoning for the entire golf course that is not in a floodplain will follow more easily. If the golf course fails I don’t think the developers really want to maintain or rebuild the golf course and keep it for the long term. ”

The commission unanimously approved a revised preliminary development plan for the property and a special use permit allowing the developer to operate a professional golf shop on the property.

The revised plan suggests dividing one of the proposed apartment buildings in half with a 60-foot plaza in the center.

According to the revised plan submitted by the developer, one of the three original apartment buildings will be divided into two separate spaces for a total of four buildings on the property.

These two buildings in the northeastern part of the property will have four floors and will be connected by an underground parking garage. The buildings will be separated by a 60-foot space that will serve as a space between the apartment complex and the golf course.

According to city documents, this change will reduce the total number of units on the property from 224 apartments to 220.

The revised plan shows that the lower level of one of the buildings will house a rental area and a clubhouse. The lower level of the second building will feature a 7,500 square foot professional golf shop. This proposal increases the size of the store by approximately 2,500 square feet compared to the proposal submitted in December.

The property’s amenities include a clubhouse, swimming pool, picnic areas, pocket park, footpath and fitness area.

The developer has not proposed any changes to the two remaining apartment buildings on the property. A total of 459 parking spaces are offered for the apartment development and the golf course.

Bob Johnson of the Polsinelli law firm spoke on behalf of the plaintiff on Monday afternoon.

“With all of these changes, the plan still presents the solution that allows the course owner to stabilize the stream at $ 5-6 million and then improve the course with capital improvements of $ 1 million to $ 3 million. dollars and bring it back to the championship level it deserves. be, ”Johnson said.

Johnson said if the project is not approved, any alternative proposal for the property will not include improvements to the Tomahawk Creek shoreline.

“I feel like, number one, this is inappropriate for us [residents] come up with other options for what they [the developer] should do with their run down golf course. I also think they’re not willing to entertain anything, because it’s a field game that just lines up with its [the developer’s] pockets, ”said resident Jill Schram.

The draft will now be referred to Overland Park City Council for final review.

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