Renovation work nears completion at century-old Lee's Summit mansion and farm

September 14, 2018 - 6:26 am

Historic Longview Farm, on the west side of Lee's Summit, is serving as the center piecof of major redevelopment in the area.

The 104-year-old Longview Mansion, signature arch and other historic structures on the farm are tied into the New Longview development area. The city of Lee's Summit is using a unique tax increment financing approach to preserve the property, said Mark Dunning, assistant city manager. 

"A lot of community involvement in the planning and how that area develops, very vested folks, neighborhoods, as well as the community as a whole, in shaping this Longview Farm development," Dunning said.

The Sunflower Development Group, which is known for historic restorations of some 18 Kansas City properties, is almost finished with work at the mansion. Repairs have been made to stabilize other buildings on the farm.

"Some aspects that we need to take advantage of is there's two large barns out there that we envision to be repurposed," Dunning said. "Finding some unique users and tenants, or owners of those barns is something that we're looking forward to."

"With the help of Platform Ventures, there has been significant commercial development, the new B&B movie theater being the largest one," said Mark Moberly, director of development. "All that does is create sales tax revenue, which allows our firm to go complete the rehab of these historic structures."

The city will have to wait on future development in order to start renovating the other structures on the farm.

"So what we've done here in the last six months, is just get them to a point where they're not falling down, or we keep the weather out of them, and hope that in three to five years from now, when there is enough tax incentive available, that those structures aren't too far gone, where we can go do a full development project on them," Moberly said. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restored Longview Mansion is set for October 4. The city will soon begin filling the mansion's calendar as an event space.

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