Bright Space Senior Living received final permission to begin plans to bring an assisted-living facility to Leawood.
The city council, on Monday, unanimously approved a final plan and plat for the 90,000 square foot, 90- bed facility south of 137th Street and west of Mission Road.
A second phase calls for a 60-unit independent living facility at the southwest corner of 137th Street and Mission Road.
The Chattanooga, Tenn., based company worked with the city council since August to address many of the conditions requested by the city and residents to the south of the development. Storm-water management as well as temporary and permanent erosion control are especially important stipulations as drainage issues have affected the area.
“Our development is taking care of some of the existing problems brought to our attention by staff and by the residents to the south of Leawood Meadows,” said applicant representative Jay O’Dell of BHC Rhodes.
A berm to the south with grading will be one of the first changes to help alleviate the drainage problem.
Construction on phase one could begin as early as December and be completed in 13 months. Stipulations outline no construction between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday. No construction is allowed on Sundays.
“I’m on the homeowner association’s board and I talk a lot about this development,” said resident Jane Ross. “We’ve been very pleased with working with this developer. We’ve been very happy with the landscaping they’ve proposed.”
That landscaping includes natural building materials, rain gardens, and plants to the south that will simultaneously attract butterflies and act as a buffer between the development and tneighboring areas.
Bright Space operates facilities in Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
In other action, the council granted permision to the National Park Service in conjunction with the Mid-America Regional Council to retrace the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California National Historic Trails in Leawood. Signs are being installed to indicate the historic trails across the nation.
Leawood will have eight signs marking where the Santa Fe, Oregon, and or California National Historic Trails crossed the city,Councilwoman Julie Cain said.
Three signs are slated for 135th Street, one on Nall, two on Pembroke Lane, one on State Line Road, and one on 123rd Street. The signs are provided at no cost to be installed by city staff.