Left to right: Mike VanBuskirk, Vice Chairman of Newmark Zimmer; Brian Maenner, Intrinsic Development’s Vice President of Development; Wesley Fields, Managing Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Kristi Johnson-Ware, Lee’s Summit Chamber President, Central Bank; Jon Odle, President of Intrinsic Development; Bill Baird, Lee’s Summit Mayor; Phyllis Edson, Lee’s Summit City Council; Beto Lopez, Lee’s Summit Mayor Pro Tem; Guy Swanson, Chief Operating Officer Unity Village; and Dr. David Buck, Lee’s Summit School District Superintendent

November 18, 2023

Ground has been broken on the Kansas City area’s newest destination development, the $900 million Discovery Park Lee’s Summit. When completed the development, which is on 268 acres across Interstate 470 from Saint Luke’s East Hospital, will encompass 3.9 million square feet of live, work, stay and play space.

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Two hotels, a Marriott Towneplace Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton, will be among the first two businesses to be built in Discovery Park Lee’s Summit. The hotels will have 230 rooms and will be completed well before Kansas City hosts the World Cup in 2026.

The site will also include 2,791 Alura Luxury Apartments and will bring much needed Class A office space to Lee’s Summit. With several hospitals in the area, the site will also include medical office buildings, as well as national retailers.

Other amenities include a one of a kind riverwalk district, access to more than 5 miles of trails connecting to the Nature Trail at Unity Village and 7 acres of recreational lakes for kayaking and paddle boarding. The Discovery Athletic Club is a state-of-the-art fitness facility that will be available to both residents and employees of the commercial properties, as will the poolside Day Club. Construction of the site will take place in four phases from 2023 to 2031.

“We looked all across the Midwest for a location that could truly combine live, work, stay and play and were thrilled with how well a fit the Lee’s Summit community was for this project,” said Intrinsic Development spokesman Jack Cardetti. “With great schools, roads and an abundance of health care jobs nearby, Lee’s Summit was the ideal location for this destination development.”

Besides the two hotels the other companies included in the first phase will be Yoga6, CoffeeHAUS, Woodfire Pizza and Brews, Body FitTraining (BFT), Village Market and Intrinsic Development’s corporate headquarters.

“We are excited to have worked with Intrinsic Development in bringing this transformative project to Lee’s Summit,” said Mike VanBuskirk, Vice Chairman of Newmark Zimmer, who is leading the brokerage team for Discovery Park along with partners Justin Beal and Chris Robertson. “In addition to providing Class A office and medical office in a mixed-use walkable environment, Discovery Park will bring destination retail, restaurants, entertainment and hotels to Lee’s Summit and the region.”