On Wednesday, leaders from LANE4 Property Group shared their vision for the Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmer’s Market Development with Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council investors, partners, and guests.
Owen Buckley is the president of LANE4 Property Group. He said when he heard about the project downtown, he knew that he wanted to work on it.
“There was no hesitation, and I mean that. Zero hesitation. We immediately said ‘We need to get involved in that’,” said Buckley.
In addition to creating a permanent, three-season home for the Lee’s Summit Farmer’s Market, the development on Green Street is planned to boast a conservatory/meeting space and an outdoor performance space. A mixture of additional private uses on the site could include a boutique hotel, multi-family housing, restaurant, retail and office space.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this project and part of the Lee’s Summit community,” said Brandon Buckley, Vice President of LANE4 Property Group.
Leadership from the City of Lee’s Summit describe to LSEDC investors how the downtown development is the culmination of multiple community efforts. In 2013, voters in Lee’s Summit approved nearly $3 million in general obligation bonds for public improvements for cultural arts, including a downtown performance space. When downtown merchants expressed a desire to combine the performance space with a permanent farmer’s market pavilion, the City of Lee’s Summit began acquiring the land on Green Street, across from City Hall.
“The City has done a great job of teeing this up,” said Brandon Buckley.
Donnie Rodgers, the Executive Director for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street told LSEDC investors that the addition will be a boon to business.
“This is one of the ways we introduce people to our community, and this is going to be our new front door to downtown. This is going to be an opportunity for people to come down for events and activities and really drive people down here, that then feeds down into our small businesses. No one comes down here for one thing. You come down you eat dinner, drink, shop, so we’re excited for the future and what this project means,” said Rodgers.
The effects will have a far greater reach than the confines of the Downtown area, according to LSEDC President & CEO Rick McDowell.
“The Downtown development is a draw for our community. Not only will it draw in more visitors, but it also adds options for new Lee’s Summit residents and workers,” said McDowell.
LANE4 Property Group plans to hold a series of meetings with stakeholders and potential users before selecting an architect.
Olsson was the title sponsor for the event.
LANE4 Property Group is a full-service real estate firm based in Kansas City, Missouri that offers development, brokerage and management services. The farmer’s market development is not the company’s only stake in downtown Lee’s Summit. In December 2020, LANE4 Property Group acquired the Hartley Building at Third and Douglas.