JoCo does not intend to fund Meadowbrook park purchase if SMSD vetoes TIF plan

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SHAWNEE, Kan. -- A vote by the Shawnee Mission School Board on Wednesday could stall plans to turn the former Meadowbrook Country Club into a park.

The board is expected to veto a Meadowbrook TIF plan during a special meeting.

According to the meeting agenda, the superintendent is expected to recommend approving the tax increment financing (TIF) plan.

According to the Prairie Village Post, Johnson County Commissioners say if the board vetoes the plan, there is no backup by the county to pay for the park. The deal involves four entities city of Prairie Village, Van Trust, Joco Parks and Rec, and JoCo government.

While a veto would slow the process down, it doesn't mean it's a done deal. The now closed Meadowbrook Country Club is owned by Van Trust Real Estate and it sits on 136 acres of land in Prairie Village at 91st and Nall.

The plan includes 50 acres built into townhomes, luxury apartments and a senior living center. 88 acres would be used for one of the largest parks in the metro. The park would be funded by bonds paid off with TIF money.

The cost of the park is expected to be less than $8 million.

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