An empty stretch of land west of Kansas Highway 7 and north of 119th Street could turn into a mixed-residential project with more than 700 units of new housing for northwest Olathe.
Developer TimberView LLC, associated with the single-family builder Olathe-based Prieb Homes Inc., wants to construct 11 apartment buildings on the east side of the property, near K-7 Highway. It also would add 26 fourplex townhomes to the west.
The Olathe Planning Commission recently approved TimberView’s preliminary plan. The developer now is finalizing a development plan. If it’s approved, TimberView plans to break ground by mid-2023.
The site has piqued the interest of developers in the past, but nothing ever materialized, according to documents filed with the city. In 2007, a developer planned to build 654 units in 33 apartment buildings, but construction never began, and permits and development agreements expired in 2014.
The 11 apartment buildings will account for 597 units, and they will vary from 700 to 1,200 square feet, with one-bedroom to two-and-a-half-bedroom options. Rent will range from $1,400 to $2,400.
The 104 townhomes will span 26 two-story fourplex buildings with three bedrooms each. Every unit will also have a two-car garage.
The development will built in three phases. Phase 1 will entail seven apartment buildings at the southeastern part of the site. Builders also will construct the clubhouse, pool and a recreational path.
The second phase includes the rest of the apartment buildings, a dog park and recreational paths. The last phase will tackle the 26 townhome buildings west of the site and just east to the Timberstone Ridge single-family neighborhood. It also will add dog park, playground, picnic area, open playing field and recreational paths.
Olathe-based Phelps Engineering Inc. and Prairie Village-based NSPJ Architects will work with the developer on the project.
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