John Knox Village, the Kansas City region’s premiere retirement lifestyle community, is undergoing a $90 million expansion that will redefine and transform its retirement living experience. John Knox Village President and CEO Dan Rexroth shared details about the project’s progress at the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council’s November advisory board luncheon.
“This expansion will redefine the Village experience, while enabling John Knox Village to continue to offer today’s seniors the lifestyle, freedom and convenience they demand and expect, for many years to come,” Rexroth said.
A centerpiece of the redevelopment project includes construction of The Meadows Apartments and The Meadows Commons, a $60 million multi-phase project located in the heart of John Knox Village. The Meadows Apartments will include 112 units ranging in size from 760 to 1,350 square feet, with lake, golf course and Westminster Meadows park views. The Meadows commons will include an aquatics center and spa, as well as a fitness center and full-service restaurant. A number of unoccupied cottages and two apartment buildings are currently being prepared for demolition, to make way for The Meadows. This complex is expected to be complete in mid-2017.
An additional $30 million component of the expansion includes construction of a 54-unit apartment building in the Courtyards Complex, as well as six new two- bedroom villas on the north side of the campus. The four-story D Building has become a new Lee’s Summit landmark, clearly visible from 50 Highway. This building is nearly complete, with move-ins slated to begin in January. The Courtyard Commons expansion will open in Spring 2016, including amenities such as a new restaurant, a movie theater and a beauty salon.
“The first 11 two-bedroom villas have been enormously popular among active seniors, so we have six more underway which should be ready for occupancy in the spring,” Rexroth said. “There is a significant demand for quality independent living options for seniors, and John Knox Village stands ready to meet those needs. We are passionate about providing a variety of high quality housing options and health care services, which allow residents to fully embrace their retirement years.”
Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council President and CEO Rick McDowell said John Knox Village’s expansion underscores the Lee’s Summit community’s appeal to people of all ages and stages.
“Lee’s Summit is the fastest growing city in both Missouri and in Jackson County, and we welcome all residential investment, from single-family to multi-family to senior living,” McDowell said.