Average Appraised Value of Homes in Leawood up over 7% from 2018

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Many of you have likely gotten your new Johnson County Notices of Appraised Value in the mail, and most have seen an increase. At the March 4 Leawood City Council meeting, Mayor Peggy Dunn reported that the average appraised value of a home in Leawood is now up to $559,380, versus $520,749 in 2018, for a 7.42% increase. Here’s the …

Leawood Ranked #1 Best Place to Live in Kansas by HomeSnacks

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HomeSnacks, an infotainment website about the nation’s best places to live, has named Leawood as the best place to live in Kansas. Leawood tops the 2019 list of “Best Places to Live in Kansas” which compared 53 cities in Kansas with populations over 5,000. Each city was ranked across a number of criteria including: Median Home Values Median Income Population …

City Council Gives Preliminary Plan Approval for Mixed Use Development on 135th Street

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By a vote of 7-1, Monday night, the Leawood City Council gave Preliminary Plan approval to a new mixed-use development located south of 135th Street and west of Kenneth Road. Members of the City Council received over 30 letters of support from members of the community that adjoin the project. Other key features of the project include: Facilitates the connection of …

Diamonds Direct Opens Leawood Showroom

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Diamonds Direct, a direct diamond importer and leading U.S. independent jewelry retailer, has opened its newest showroom location in Leawood. The opening marks the seventeenth location in the United States and the first location in Kansas.  Located at 4500 W 119th Street in the Camelot Court shopping center, Diamonds Direct features a 4,274 square-foot showroom with top-quality jewelry and a …

Leawood Named #1 Best Small City in America

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Wallethub, a personal finance website, has named Leawood as the nation’s best small city, up from #3 in 2017. Leawood tops the 2018 list of “Best Small Cities in America” which compared more than 1,200 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000.  Of all the cities included, Leawood had the strongest “affordability” ranking based on median household income, cost of …

Preliminary Plans for the Redevelopment of Ranchmart North Approved

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Leawood Planning Commission unanimously voted on Tuesday, October 23, to approve preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the Ranch Mart North shopping center. Renderings and preliminary plan details reveal the project would include a complete replacement of the main building’s facade, a new commercial building, the creation of a pedestrian plaza and the upgrade of the entire site parking lot.  The …

Shake Shack plans to open at Town Center

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Shake Shack is planning its first location in Kansas at Town Center Plaza in Leawood. On Tuesday night, the Planning Commission approved plans for the demolition of the existing On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina building (which closed in October) and its replacement with two buildings – one which would be a multi-tenant retail building and another that would …

Leawood Amends Ordinances for Online Wholesalers

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Expanding on a recent ordinance amendment for truck wholesalers whose transactions do not involve physical delivery of vehicles, the Leawood City Council has expanded the definition of online wholesalers to include any businesses that do not physically have inventory at their location. Previously, wholesalers were only allowed to locate their businesses in business parks in Leawood. In today’s internet-based marketplace, …

Council Approves Final Plan for New Office Building & Apartments at Park Place

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Plans are moving forward to construct a new 50,000 square foot office building on the eastern end of the 1.2 million square foot Park Place development, as well as a new 120,000 square foot apartment building with 81 units and a parking garage. A tenant for the 50,000 square foot office building has been secured. Look for an announcement on …

City Council Approves Change to Multi-Family Ordinance

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In response to changes in consumer preferences, the Leawood City Council has approved an ordinance change that gives more flexibility to multi-family developers regarding the mix of unit sizes in their project. The new ordinance maintains the current minimum unit size of 750 square feet, but moves the average unit size for at least 80% of the units down from …