Construction site for The Meadows at John Knox Village (As of 3/23/17). The 3-story south wing is on the left, the commons building is in the center, and the east wing is on the right, behind the light pole.
[See drone video footage from 02/11/17 here: https://bit.ly/JohnKnoxVillageFlyover021117 ]
The pyramid-shaped roof of The Pavilion at John Knox Village has long dominated the Lee’s Summit skyline and served as one of the area’s major landmarks. Last year, The Pavilion was joined by a new landmark presence – a 52-unit apartment building, also at John Knox Village. This new Courtyard Apartments building was the leading edge of a multi-year, $90 million dollar campus redevelopment project. (See photo, below.)
The latest phase of this project – The Meadows at John Knox Village – is twice as large and will add 112 new apartments, a new restaurant, a pub, an aquatics center with a 20-foot indoor lap pool; a second fitness center; additional private dining venues and a media center to the 400+ acre community.
“Why are we doing so much building? We are continuing to lead the way as we prepare for what industry professionals are calling the “silver tsunami,” said John Knox Village President and CEO Dan Rexroth. “Kansas City’s senior population is expected to double over the next 20 years. We’ve been the leader for more than 45 years, and our strategic plan is focused on keeping the Village vital and viable for the next 45 years, while also making sure that our current residents have enhanced services and amenities that they can enjoy right now. As important as these new buildings are, though, the care and service we provide inside those buildings are what is more important.”
Construction of the new complex began in September 2016, following the tear-down of two apartment buildings and 30 cottage homes. Currently underway on the construction site and set to open soon are: the south wing of The Meadows, a three-story apartment building scheduled to open early this summer; and the 25,000 square foot commons building, where the fitness, dining and public gathering spaces are located. The Meadows’ commons is expected to open in August. The remaining buildings in the complex are scheduled to open in early fall 2017 and in January 2018.
These projects are continuing to propel John Knox Village forward as the leading retirement community living in Kansas City. With 1,579 total single-family homes, villas, cottages, apartments, assisted living apartments and skilled nursing units, John Knox Village is the 2nd largest Life Plan Community (the new industry term for “Continuing Care Retirement Communities”) in the United States that is not part of a larger system. The largest is in Maryland.
Rexroth added: “John Knox Village has a strong reputation for our quality and for our amenities. We want to make sure we live up to our reputation and always stay ahead of the potential competition. That means great homes and great healthcare facilities, including the Village Care Center and Village Assisted Living, but it also means service excellence and quality care. Right now we have initiatives underway in all of these areas. I could not be more proud of the work being done by all of our associates, by our construction partners, our board of directors, and even by the residents of the Village. The residents put in countless volunteer hours to make sure that every day we are enriching lives and building community in all that we do. We are all in this together.”
John Knox Village is a not-for-profit, nondenominational life plan community that offers a variety of health care services to members of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. With more than 45 years of offering care and services to older adults, the Village is located one-half mile south of I-470 and U.S. 50 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. For more information, visit www.jkv.org and www.JKVHealthServices.org.
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Overhead shot of the construction site for The Meadows at John Knox Village (2/11/17). The 3-story south wing is right of center, near the top, the commons building is where you see most of the fresh wood. The newly-poured pad for the east wing is on the left. Starting where the commons and the south wing meet, you can see the beginnings of the west wing.
Get your bearings: To the right is the fishing lake and beyond that is Pryor Rd.