Lenexa AdventHealth campus project put on hold, receives council approval to delay groundbreaking

Plans to construct a four-phase wellness campus at Lenexa City Center have come to a temporary halt, said to be the result of a COVID-related economic slowdown. The project had already gained approval to begin, but has now received an extension on when it will break ground from the Lenexa City Council.

AdventHealth’s planned wellness campus at Lenexa City Center has received a go to begin, however developers say progress on the project will take longer than anticipated due to COVID-19. completion of those stages will take a bit longer.

With approval from the Lenexa City Council this week, AdventHealth Shawnee Mission now has until Dec. 31, 2029, to break ground on all project components.

This includes a hospital and helipad, after city council members agreed to amend a July 2019 master development agreement.

Since the agreement’s approval, “the developer has continued to diligently pursue commencement of the project to meet its obligations, but in light of the current economic conditions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the project is not progressing as quickly as originally anticipated,” according to a report from city staff.

Under the new agreement, different campus components also have been bumped up for inclusion in its first phase — for which AdventHealth Shawnee Mission must break ground by Dec. 31, 2022, rather than June 1, 2021.

This includes an approximately 220,000-square-foot hospital with 100 beds initially and a 75,000-square-foot medical office building, supplementing an emergency department and imaging facility already included in phase one.

AdventHealth Shawnee Mission must break ground on the development’s second phase by Dec. 31, 2025, rather than May 1, 2023; on phase three by Oct. 31, 2027, instead of April 1, 2026; and its fourth phase by Dec. 31, 2029, rather than June 1, 2028.