Lee’s Summit developer Gale Communities, Inc. is known throughout the Midwest for its superior ability to create and enhance great communities with lasting value. The companys New Longview project has been particularly acclaimed in the past four years garnering a multitude of awards from local and national organizations.
This project is a result of Gale Communities’ 2001 purchase of the remaining 260 acres of historic Longview Farm including 11historic structures on the National Historic registry.
Longview Farm Elementary plays a significant role in creating a sense of place within the neo-traditional community of New Longview, a walkable neighborhood designed to include over 1100 homes and 600,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space. The school occupies an adaptively reused indoor show horse arena built in 1914 as the home for lumber baron R. A. Long’s daughter’s world renowned horses.
Significant among the awards are: 2007 Missouri Preservation Honor Award – Longview Farm Elementary; 2007 Best New Home Community – Kansas City Homes and Gardens magazine; 2007 Excellence in Development Award – Urban Land Institute (ULI) Kansas City; 2007 Historic Preservation Award – Historic Kansas City Foundation; 2006 Kansas City Business Journal Capstone Award – First Place Community Impact; 2006 Kansas City Business Journal Capstone Award – First Place Master Planned Community; 2005 Midwest Living magazine Idea Homes; 2005 Merit Citation for Planning Excellence – Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association; 2003 Proactive Preservation Award – Historic Kansas City Foundation.