Neighbors push back against rumors of new Deer Creek apartments

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Residents of an Overland Park community have long fought against an apartment complex going in their neighborhood.

Now, there’s new talk that the idea is resurfacing, and neighbors in Deer Creek aren’t happy.

Overgrown and untouched for six years, the Deer Creek golf course isn’t a great drop for the back porch.

Jorge Cadenas said the majority of neighbors want the greens and golf course revived, but building an apartment complex on the property will be a swing and a miss.

“I’m just frustrated with the process,” Cadenas said.

He lives in the Deer Creek neighborhood and has heard recent rumblings that developers are entertaining the idea of ​​an apartment complex once again.

FOX4 asked the developer and owner of GreatLife KC if the plan is in the works. A spokesman said: “We are constantly looking for a good solution and have nothing to say at this time.”

Cadenas said this is a rezoning battle they already won back in February.

“They didn’t listen,” Cadenas said. “Although we have all been in strong opposition to this development, we do not believe it is right to take an existing land use that has been precisely regulated and change it. There is another empty land in our city to carry out such a project.

GreatLife KC closed the golf course in April after the Overland Park City Council denied a rezoning request related to plans to build an apartment complex on the property.

Over the summer, the council approved plans to turn the golf course into a new subdivision with 68 single-family homes.

As for resurrecting the apartment project, Mayor Curt Skoog said the city did not receive any official applications.

“The property owner came to me earlier this year and said he wanted to save the golf course and keep the golf course open, and he wondered if there was any way that could happen,” Skoog said. “And what I’m saying is, ‘I would encourage you, if you’re interested in revisiting the plan, to talk to the neighborhood.'”

Councilman Faris Farassati believes the mayor is behind the effort to revive the project, but Skoog said that’s not true.

“The elected officials, the mayor’s office, the city hall must stay out of this advocacy function,” Farassati said, “or they must withdraw from it.”

“I did not make my decision on the rezoning application until this project was presented to us in the council, and we had a public hearing, and it was presented before us,” said Skoog.

The mayor is meeting with some neighbors who oppose the development on Friday.

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