Shawnee examines proposal for new mental health center

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SHAWNEE, Kan. – A new development could bring additional mental health services to Shawnee.

On Monday, the Shawnee Planning Commission held a public hearing to seek comment on a project that could redevelop 105 acres of land into an outpatient mental health treatment center.

The Summit Ranch Center for Wellness will be licensed and regulated by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability. The center will provide care to people with anxiety, depression and substance use disorders.

Commission members tabled the discussion on Monday evening, but if approved, the wellness center would include a 13,000-square-foot residential center at 8555 Johnson Drive.

The project would also include a 40,000 square foot activity center, a 2,000 square foot equestrian center, as well as walking and horse riding trails throughout the property. The treatment facility would be accessed by a private driveway off Johnson Drive and would include 38 on-site parking spaces.

The developers are seeking approval of a final site plan as well as permission to consolidate seven unplated lots into one and rezone ownership of Agricultural (AG) to a Professional Office District (PO).

If approved by the Planning Commission, the proposal will go to Shawnee City Council for final approval.


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