The partners of Cityscape Residential were not new to building in Lee’s Summit, but it was something old that gave the company a long-awaited downtown project. Cityscape’s restoration and adaptive use of the 1922 Methodist Church at 114 S.E. Douglas St. was honored this year by the City of Lee’s Summit Historic Preservation Commission with the 2022 Graves/Hale Historic Preservation Award. The award, established to honor the work of Lee’s Summit historians Frank Graves and Don Hale, recognizes those who “have demonstrated a commitment to interpreting, retaining and promoting the preservation and adaptive reuse of buildings, districts, structures and cultural landscapes in Lee’s Summit.” Cityscape partners have more than two decades of history in Lee’s Summit.

“One of our partners has parents and a sister here,” said Ryan Adams, vice president of Cityscape Residential for Kansas City. “We were wrapping up our third community in Lee’s Summit and had tried for six to eight years to find something downtown. “When the church property became available, we jumped on it.”