Looking to attract younger residents to Lee’s Summit, work beginning on multi-million dollar project

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- One local community is trying to attract millennials to their city with a $200 million deal .

The Lee's Summit development boom will take over hundreds of acreage for a mixed-use project that will include Sam's Club, Cabela's, H& M, a 310-unit apartment complex, office space and a 90 room Holiday Inn Express Hotel.

The goal, according to Rick McDowell, the president and CEO of Lee's Summit Economic Development Council, is to expand the technology corridor and attract people to the area.

McDowell says with Cerner moving into the corridor and with an estimated 5,000 people who work nearby the development, it will be a boost for the city and the people who decide to live work and play here.

"They will be able to pay a marginal good rate, but have all of this around them and be able to walk to work," McDowell said.

McDowell says over his 28 years in the economic development he's never seen a community with more opportunities than Lee's Summit. He attributes that to the quality of life, education,good workforce and good housing. McDowell says work will begin Tuesday on the project, and it is expected to be completed by early 2018.

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