The reinvention of Prairie Village is moving forward.
Fine, that might be too strong of a statement concerning redevelopment of the former Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club in that city.
Still, a lot of good things are planned to happen on the large site. Fortunately, city officials have taken their time not to rush through certain parts of their deals with developers.
It’s especially positive that a public park will be a featured amenity on the property. It will serve residents and visitors for decades to come. A park in northeast Johnson County is a wise public investment.
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The Meadowbrook site also is supposed to include single-family houses, an apartment complex, an inn and a senior living center, all built under the guidance of a group associated with local developer Van Trust Real Estate.
The city and Johnson County Park and Recreation District leaders wisely sought input from citizens on what features should be built at the park.
Planned playgrounds and walking trails are essential elements that will help the park attract users at all times of the day.
A few critics raise legitimate concerns about how the city is going to use $19 million in tax-increment financing bonds for the park project.
Some taxes produced by the senior center and other redevelopment planned on the Meadowbrook land would pay to help build public infrastructure such as streets. That means those revenues would be diverted from other taxing entities, including schools and Johnson County government.
In addition, Prairie Village would be on the hook for paying back more than half the bonds if the project falls short of financial expectations.
However, in the end, this is a risk worth taking for Prairie Village. The city and its residents should get a public park and a large, new redevelopment bringing in more taxpayers out of the deal.