The developer of a proposed apartment complex northeast of College Boulevard and Nieman Road withdrew a rezoning application for the project this week, saying it will allow the property along Indian Creek to remain open green space.
BK Properties, an entity associated with Block Real Estate Services, withdrew an application to allow it to build 335 apartments on the tract bordering the creek.
Gregory Galvin, Block senior vice president for multi-family development, said the 44-acre tract north of College Boulevard was being developed in concert with the 93-acre City Place project south of College.
The Overland Park City Council on Feb. 17 approved a mixed-use development plan for City Place, a live-work-play concept southwest of U.S. 69 and College that will include 600,000 square feet of office space, 1,400 apartments and some retail.
“There were a couple of issues” with the northern parcel, Galvin said, that led Block to withdraw its apartment plan there.
“The majority of the property was in the flood plain, which would have made the cost to build there high,” Galvin said. “Secondly, we listened to the neighbors’ concerns about traffic. In light of what was approved to the south, we decided we could put a conservation easement on the north property and let it remain undeveloped.”
City Place, he said, will have 970 apartments in a “traditional” arrangement and 412 units in a “wrap concept,” meaning wrapped around a parking garage. In addition, plans call for a 140-unit senior-living complex. City Place will also have commercial and office components.
Gerald Reno, one of the neighbors who had opposed Block’s plan to build apartments north of College Boulevard, said he was pleased with the withdrawal.
“The people who live along the creek were against it,” Reno said.
Residents’ main fear, Reno said, was that building in the flood plain would have forced stormwater up onto their property and into their homes.
Reno said he and his neighbors had already contacted an attorney and collected pledges of $100,000 to pay legal fees to sue the city and the land’s owner, had the apartment complex plan been approved. They were planning to pack the seats at Monday’s Planning Commission meeting.
Instead, Reno is now pleased to know that the land will remain green space for the foreseeable future.