This week I visited the new Meadowbrook Park development in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Prairie Village went through a lengthy process of neighborhood input in the initial planning stages of the Meadowbrook Park project. It was important that the city planners and developers listened and were sensitive to the concerns of the neighbors. On the other side of the state line, Kansas City is experiencing backlash from densification and zoning issues in the Plaza and Westport. It is a delicate tight rope to balance city growth and development against neighborhood standards and tradition.
Meadowbrook Park Development – Prairie Village
The Meadowbrook Park community was announced in 2015 as a joint project between the developers, Prairie Village, Johnson County government, and Johnson County Parks and Recreation district. They wanted to work together on redeveloping the Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club including “a significant opportunity for a regional park in Northeast Johnson County”. Upon completion, Meadowbrook Park, will include houses, apartments, senior living an inn, commercial space, parks and green space. The plan preserved 2/3 of the land for green space to be owned and operated as a county park and the remaining 42 acres would be developed with multiple housing options. It was important that the city and developers listened to the concerns of the citizens so the project would be a success. Development should mirror and reflect the surrounding community.
Kansas City Development Concerns
Currently, there are more that a few Kansas City residents that are concerned with development decisions and projects underway in midtown. In a recent article, The Kansas City Star reported that the character of the neighborhoods is being eroded and that green space is disappearing. Twenty years ago a city-planning program called “Forge Our Comprehensive Urban Strategy” plan called for the corridor to be denser. It included the Plaza north to the riverfront. The Plaza and Westport have had several building projects that are overly dense according to some residents. These concerned neighbors are calling for preservation to become a city priority.
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