By Brad Lucht
For the third time in two years a developer has plans to build on the property known as Wornall Acres, located at the northeast intersection of Wornall and 104th Terrace.
At a special June meeting of Center Planning & Development, JPL Development announced they intend to construct four three-story buildings totaling 160 high-end apartments on the 6.24 acre lot.
JPL expects the first building to take 12 months to complete, with the entire site ready in 18 months.
Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments will be offered, with rent varying from $1200 to $1800 per month. Apartment sizes will range from 500 to 1137 sq. ft.
Amenities will include a community room, pool, gym, yoga area, barbecue grills, wifi and a dog park.
Units will be constructed with sound-absorbing materials to help mitigate noise. Interiors will include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and side-by-side washer /dryers. All units will have patios or inset balconies.
Of the 160 units, there will be 9 studios, 103 1-bedroom and 48 2-bedroom apartments. Four different 1-bedroom styles will be available, along with three 2-bedroom styles and two studio styles.
The complex will include 258 parking spaces. All internal roads will be completed before building construction begins.
JPL will spend $200K to add a right turn lane on 104th Terrace enter Wornall to facilitate traffic exiting the apartment complex. An independent traffic study shows that about 65 cars will be entering the complex between 5 and 6 p.m.
The site will be graded so that storm water flows north to a holding pond on the north end of the property, which will eventually transfer water to Indian Creek. The catch basin will be sized to hold the expected runoff from a 100-year storm.
Plans for the project were submitted to the city planning staff three weeks ago. It is expected to appear before the City Plan Commission at either the August 6 or August 20 meeting, at which time surrounding neighbors can express their opinions. To review the plans, as well as the associated traffic study, visit the CompassKC website (https://tinyurl.com/y264kwj6) and click on Attachments.
Previous developers had proposed building townhomes, and later a church, at this same location.
As first reported in the Telegraph, JPL proposed in May developing a similar, although smaller, apartment complex at 92nd & Wornall. Concerns about the creek buffer along the edge of the property caused them to pull out of that location
JPL has offices in Denver and St. Louis. No local construction firms will be used; JPL has their own contractors.