Rodrock announces plans for Lenexa subdivisions
By JOE HENDERSON - Special to The Star
Date: 07/14/98 22:15
Horses grazing on the rolling green pastures of the Mill
Creek Ranch in Lenexa soon could be replaced by houses.
Rodrock Development Co. wants to develop 120 acres of
the ranch property at 8440 Renner Road and on an adjacent
38 acres near the Kansas National Guard Armory, 18200 W.
87th St. Parkway, with single-family dwellings and
The company has submitted a rezoning and preliminary plat
to the Lenexa Planning Commission that will be considered
Aug. 3, said Bill Meyer, the commission's planning and
The commission's recommendation on the plat then is
scheduled to go to the City Council for consideration on Aug.
18, Meyer said.
Darol Rodrock, a prominent Johnson County developer, said
the transaction is contingent on approval of the zoning and
"If approved, construction could start this fall," Rodrock said.
The development will be named Parkhurst because of its
proximity to Shawnee Mission Park. It is to consist of three
villages of homes priced from $180,000 to $250,000 on 135
acres. The townhouses, 225 to 240 units, will be on the
remaining 23 acres near the armory and the Johnson
County 3 & 2 League baseball complex, Rodrock said.
The subdivision will be a $125 million project when
completed three years from the start of construction,
"It's not real big, just a nice size," he said.
"I will donate 24 acres right in the middle of the development
to Lenexa for a park. I always like to leave parks in my
developments," Rodrock said.
"I've been looking at the property for several years. I do that. I
may look at something for years before I decide to do it. This
seemed to be the right time and price for it. It's a
phenomenal location. I'm surprised it's been there this long,"
The Mill Creek Ranch property has been owned by Robert
Mallin, a Prairie Village businessman, more than 20 years.
At one time it was known as Peterson's Stables.
Sale of the property is being handled by Owen Buckley with
the R.H. Johnson Co., who described it as "a multimillion
dollar transaction." Pat Daniels of Cohen Esrey Real Estate
said the remaining 38 acres near the armory is owned by
Ken and Carole Myers, who now live in Tillamook, Ore.
Richard Shara, who leases the Mill Creek property from
Mallin and owns and boards nearly 100 horses, said he
wasn't surprised by the sale.
"When I took it over 11 years ago I knew this would happen.
There were rumors every year that it would be sold, so I
wasn't surprised," he said.
Shara said he expected Rodrock's plat to be approved by
the Planning Commission.
"I don't see any problems with it. Darol is a professional and
I'd say the odds are good it will go through.
"Personally, I think the property would have been a nice
addition to the park, but it's probably too expensive for that.
I'm sure the city will be glad to have it on the tax rolls," he
said with a laugh.
Shara was a cattle rancher near Cuba, Ks., "until '82 when
the bottom fell out of the cattle market."
"I came to Kansas City and started chiropractic college, but I
just didn't like being indoors. I've been around big animals all
my life and I like being outside. So when the ranch came up I
took it on," he explained.
When Boyd Peterson, now deceased, had the stables, pony
rides and hay wagon rides were offered.
"But I don't do that. If someone I didn't know came in and
said `I want to drive your car' I wouldn't let them. I feel the
same way about my horses," he said, adding that he will
continue boarding horses at another location.
"I like to feel I'm doing more than feeding people's horses,
like I'm giving them a place to dream and escape from the
city," Shara said.
Rodrock submits plans for Lenexa residential project
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