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New Longview
In 2001, Gale Communities, a Lee’s Summit-based developer with international experience, acquired Longview Farm. The development company began with three primary goals:
  • Save as many of the classic, historic structures as possible;

  • Design and build a sustainable community;

  • Garner and maintain a high level of citizen support.
These continue to be the goals of the company and the results are now becoming evident as New Longview comes to life!

A Walkable Neighborhood

  • The concept of a walkable village is based on the design of traditional neighborhoods built from about 1910 to 1930;

  • Homes in New Longview are designed to recall the past. Architectural styles are reminiscent of Kansas City’s classic neighborhoods such as Brookside, Volker and Hyde Park;

  • Most homes have front porches, garages along the back, trees and manageable yards;

  • The community welcomes a variety of lifestyles that combine traditional living with contemporary conveniences. Estate homes, town homes, cottages and traditional single-family residences make up a medley/array of homes ranging from a comfortable cottage for active adults or families just starting out to homes that provide larger families with lots of options depending upon their needs;

  • At New Longview a person will not have to move out of a neighborhood they love just to find a larger home or to downsize once the kids are grown or to be near their grandchildren;

  • Interiors that work for today’s families are of critical importance, such as larger closets, comfortable bathrooms, more ceiling height and other features typically found in new homes;

  • The best products are available for the exterior including concrete-fiber siding, brick, stone and stucco, 25-year paints and 40-year composition shingles;

  • 50 acres of quality parks and green space, properly designed and correctly placed, will add to the ambience of New Longview;

  • Cultural and continuous learning opportunities abound on Longview Community College’s 146 acre campus;

  • New Longview borders the 4,800-acre Longview Park to the west with 10 miles of walking and biking trails along with the 900-acre Longview Lake;

  • Other neighborhood recreation opportunities include an 18-hole, Scottish-style golf course and a modern fitness center with indoor competition pool offering public memberships on the Longview Community College campus.

Commercial District

  • New Longview will have a commercial area at the corner of Third Street and View High Drive designed as a pedestrian-friendly cluster of shops and offices similar to Brookside or Prairie Village;

  • Approximately 250,000 square feet of retail stores and 200,000 square feet of office space is planned, including restaurants, a grocery store, a drug store, home furnishing stores, a bookstore, hair care salon and medical and business services;

  • Citizens Union State Bank is scheduled to open a new 11,000 square foot bank building in summer 2005, and JP’s Coffee will open just in time for the new school year;

  • Another 100,000 square feet of office and commercial space will be centered on the refurbished calf and dairy barns at the center of the community. This area will be reminiscent of a European style Piazza.

  • In keeping with its new urbanist character, New Longview will have special living options for those who own small businesses. In certain areas, residential spaces will be offered above ground-level commercial and retail space.

Historic Preservation

  • A primary theme of New Longview is the sustainable reuse of the Longview Farm buildings, which have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places;

  • Most striking thus far is the renovation of the famous Longview Show Horse Arena into Lee’s Summit’s newest 650-student elementary school, Longview Farm Elementary, opening at the start of the 2005-2006 school year. With this renovation the clock above the school building was reactivated for the first time in 45 years. It is now illuminated at night;

  • Other preservation work includes the restoration and refurnishing of the 48-room, six-fireplace Longview Mansion, one of Kansas City’s premier wedding and special event venues, and the relocating and refurbishment of the famed Longview Farm entry arches;

  • Office and commercial space will be centered on the refurbished calf and dairy barns;

  • The sustainable reuse of these grand buildings will make New Longview a unique national treasure.

Gale Communities
New Longview is the latest in a series of local and highly regarded Gale Communities including the five neighborhoods of the 1,200-acre Winterset Park development begun in 1990, and Arborwalk, the new, 400-acre community in south Lee’s Summit. G. David Gale and Gale Communities have been recognized for their sensitivity to the natural environment, careful land planning, environmentally sound construction techniques and inclusive community governance.

The Longview Farm Elementary Partnership
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