Wyandotte County celebrates first new apartments in 27 years.
Mark Holland, mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., will help cut a ceremonial ribbon Friday morning for the first new apartments to be built in the county in 27 years.
The 228-unit Heights at Delaware Ridge complex is nearing completion at 130th Street and State Avenue, just west of the Kansas Speedway and Village West retail and entertainment district. HarenLaughlin Construction of Lenexa began work on the $24.5 million project last year and is expected to wrap up construction by December.
Meanwhile, NorthPoint Development is building the 306-unit Village West Luxury Apartments near the Legends Outlets Kansas City. Another new Western Wyandotte County apartment project announced last year, the 332-unit Prairie Heights development at 122nd and State Avenue, has failed to get off the ground.
Bryan Smith, executive vice president of Gold Crown Properties Inc., the Lenexa firm developing the Heights at Delaware Ridge, said he didn’t know why the nearby Prairie Heights project had stalled. But he doubted that it had anything to do with apartment demand in the area.
Leasing for the first 50 units at the Heights at Delaware Ridge began in July, Smith said Wednesday, “and as of today, 40 are moved into or leased.”
“This is our first run at new construction,” said Smith, who has been buying, selling and managing suburban Class A apartment projects for years along with his father, Gold Crown Properties President Tom Smith.
The 4,000 Cerner Corp. employees who will work in the twin office towers under construction in Village West have heightened demand for projects like the Heights at Delaware Ridge. But according to Bryan Smith, “we were going to do this project even before we knew that Cerner was coming.”
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