LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A huge youth athletic complex and entertainment district is about to be built in Lee's Summit as city officials just awarded the developers $13-million to help them build it, and they believe it will attract tens of thousands of people to the area.
The $400-million development is called the 'Paragon Star', and it will straddle the Little Blue River. Paragon means something that is viewed as a model of excellence, and the five points of the star stand for the five things they will offer - recreation, office, dining, entertainment and lodging.
Ten soccer fields will sit east of the river. To the west there will be a hotel, offices, apartments and an entertainment district, like Prairiefire in Overland Park.
Developers plan to begin building the fields first this summer right off of I-470 and View High Drive.
The 100-plus acres of land have never been developed - so Lee's Summit and the state of Missouri are giving the project around $60-million dollars in TIF dollars and other funding to help make this project a reality.
The new development will sit next to the head of the Katy Trail, which is the path that runs from Kansas City all the way to St. Louis.
Developers believe once its built, the area will rival Power and Light and the Plaza as a place for tourists and locals to visit.
City officials hope people can begin playing soccer on the fields in the fall of 2017.