|Foundation Closes On 12-Acre Parcel of Land|
On May 21, the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County closed on a roughly F-shaped 12-acre parcel adjacent to the Tomahawk Hills Golf Course and Shawnee Mission Park.
This land will be leased to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and will effectively serve as a buffer zone for an anticipated apartment development.
"We still expect apartments, but at least we have a buffer between us and them," said JCPRD Planning and Development Manager Bill Maasen.
Earlier this year, a developer announced plans to build apartments on the wooded hillside adjacent to Tomahawk Hills Golf Course holes number 14 and 15.
The District unsuccessfully opposed the apartment development at both the planning commission and city council levels in Shawnee. Despite the objections from District officials, both bodies overwhelmingly approved the matter.
One reason the District opposed the project, Maasen said, was because the original developer had planned to place a 21-foot retaining wall only six feet from the fence separating the development from the Tomahawk Hills Golf Course.
"The whole hillside was going to be knocked down and all the trees were going to be gone and we were really offended by that," Maasen said. "We thought it was an improper use of that land and a poor development and poor site plan."
Despite their inability to get city officials to see their viewpoint, the District got a victory of sorts when the original developer failed to close on the property and the deal fell through.
"We then went through the back door so to speak and talked to the property owner and negotiated a deal to buy approximately 12 acres adjacent to the golf course," Maasen said.