NEAR MENARDS AT GREEN HILLS
A city-approved plan to construct a sprawling mixed-use development on about 80 acres of land at the southeast corner of North Green Hills Road and NW Tiffany Springs Road has expired and can no longer be developed.
Sherae Honeycutt, press secretary for the city manager’s office for Kansas City, told The Landmark someone would need to file a whole new plan with a rezoning request in order to develop the large swath of land.
The undeveloped site lies between Menards and The Communities of Green Hills subdivision, located northeast of Hwy. 152 and North Green Hills Road.
Previously, the Kansas City Plan Commission approved a request to rezone a 43-acre composition of soil and flora from District AG-R (Agriculture-Residential District) to District B3-3 (Community Business-3), and about 36 acres from District AG-R (Agricultural-Residential District) to District R-2.5 (Residential District – 2.5).
According to the expired conceptual plan, the project known as Green Hills Plaza would have consisted of the construction of a mixed-use development that was proposed to include four restaurants and accompanied parking lots, plus seven commercial structures and adjacent parking lots on about 43 acres.
Renderings of the expired conceptual plan show the prospective restaurants varied in size from 1,450 square feet to 10,010 square feet and occupied the outer corners of the proposed retail structure area.
Along with the proposed restaurants and various retail structures, the plan called for the construction of 18 multi-family structures with adjacent parking lots.
The residential development would have occupied about 36 acres along the eastern side of the proposed Green Hills Plaza development.
This project would have brought massive change to the area. A public street would have been constructed dividing the residential and commercial developments. Existing trees may have remained along the spine area of the residential zone, but most of the land would be razed to make way for the mixed-use spectacle.
But developers never lifted a shovel of dirt for the project and plans to develop the site eventually expired.
This isn’t the first time a plan at this site has run into complications and expired before the project saw the light of day. The 80 acres of undeveloped land was previously marked for about a dozen retail and office parcels. Despite receiving the City Plan Commission’s approval on May 21, 1989, the development plan, submitted by Kiesling Planning Consultants, never materialized and ran out of time.