Developers are reconsidering plans for Deer Creek Golf Course

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Overland Park leaders will once again review plans to potentially revive the Deer Creek Golf Course.

Developer and owner of GreatLife KC close the golf course in April follow the Overland Park City Council’s decision to deny a rezoning request related to the plan for build an apartment complex on the property.

Then in June, the city approved the plan from the developer to replace the golf course with roughly 70 single family houses.

On Wednesday, Overland Park’s Finance, Administration and Economic Development Committee will consider directing city staff to draft a resolution, calling for a public hearing to consider creating a redevelopment district on the golf course property.

The city received a letter from GreatLife and EPC Real Estate Group indicating the developers’ willingness to reconsider plans for single-family homes and to revisit a proposed apartment complex project in Deer Creek.

Currently, this property is zoned as a Single Family Housing District (R-1). The applicant plans to file a rezoning request for the portion of the property to be redeveloped.

The developer is going back on previous plans to scale back a portion of the golf course to make way for a 220-unit apartment complex and golf pro shop.

The project is estimated to cost about $75 million. The developer has submitted an application to receive tax increment financing (TIF) for the project.

TIF district boundaries are proposed.

The TIF is expected to generate approximately $15 million over a 20-year period. According to city documents, 90% of the TIF revenue will be used to support streambank stabilization along Tomahawk Creek and construct a parking garage for the apartment complex.

Developers also request sales tax exemptions through the issuance of Economic Development Revenue Bonds (EDRB).

If the committee approves the proposal, it will advance to the city council for further consideration. If the council approves the resolution to schedule a public hearing for the creation of the TIF district, the earliest the hearing can be held is Monday, January 9.

If a TIF district is established, the city council must approve a TIF project plan for development before any construction can begin. If approved, the developer will break ground in 2023 and anticipate wrapping up the project by 2025.

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