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Ward Family 

The Ward Family has been developing real estate construction and development for nearly seven decades. George T. Ward began home building in 1957 and development in 1960 in Blue Springs, Missouri. David Ward began commercial and residential development as well as home building in eastern Jackson County in 1978. Tony and Clayton Ward began working with the Family business in 2002. It has been a family affair since. We are a family building for families to create communities to live, grow, and work. During the time from 2004 to 2007, the Ward Family was one of the largest residential home builders in Kansas City.

In addition to residential building and development, Ward Family affiliates are also large Commercial and Industrial developers and investors. During the 1990s and 2000’s the Ward Family developed and owned the 2nd largest Self Storage portfolio in the Kansas City area until they sold to Storage-Mart in 2014.

The Ward Family Entities and employees are also considered the General Contractor and Builder on all of its own projects whether they be residential lot development, home building or commercial development and construction.

Ward Development also has an in-house architecture division that completes most of its architectural plans and designs.

From the beginning the Ward Development family of companies believed in delivering high-quality homes and developments at affordable prices. Creating thriving, livable communities has always been the priority. Because the “Ward” family name was attached to every project, each project represented a piece of the Ward reputation and, as such, quality was of paramount importance.

Ward Development vertically integrated its operations, thereby ensuring both the highest quality standards and flex capability. Ward Development is at once a company and a family committed to our workers, their families, and the very communities in which we live.

From the Ground Up

The focus of Ward Development through the 1990’s and early 2000’s was raw ground development for single-family residential. During this time frame Ward Development developed over 2000 single-family lots in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, and Grain Valley. Their market area expanded in 2004 and they started to reach into other markets like Belton, Raymore, Pleasant Hill, Independence, and Oak Grove where another 2000 lots have been developed since 2004.

Building Houses and Making Homes.

While the Ward Family has been home building since 1957, major growth took place in 2004 when it started Kansas City Homes and was number one in permits pulled in KC area in 2005 and 2006.

Beginning in 2012 the Ward Family entities began constructing single family properties for Mainstreet Renewal. During the period of 2012 to 2016 over 400 doors were constructed for Mainstreet Renewals in the Kansas City market and surrounding areas.

Since 2017 Country Club Homes has developed, built, and sold over 400 single-family homes to retail buyers in the Kansas City market and surrounding areas. Country Club Homes currently averages selling and closing 125-135 single-family homes per year. Country Club Homes and its affiliated companies have been the top home builder in the Kansas City market building +400 single family units.

Industrial Flex Parks

The industrial flex product became an interest of Ward Development in the late 1990s when they started their first industrial park in Grain Valley. Valley Ridge Industrial Park is now complete and contains +/-650,000 square feet of flex office/industrial space. That park then expanded into the East Kansas City Industrial Park which is still growing and will have over +/-850,000 feet once complete. The industrial portfolio has also reached the Lee’s Summit Market. Approximately 375,000 square feet have been constructed in the Lakewood Business Park with another 800,000 square foot in design and planning. Yet another park is in the design and entitlement process in Blue Springs where another 750,000 square feet are anticipated to be built.

Our Vision

Building a Better Future

The Ward Family believes in giving back to the communities in which they live and work and has been very active in supporting local organizations for many years. Organizations such as the Grain Valley High School and Athletics, Oak Grove High School Athletics, Blue Springs High School Athletics, Jackson County 4H Fair, Fort Osage and Lone Jack FFA, The Battle Within, The Deron Cherry Foundation, Eastern Jackson County Community Service League, Missouri State Fair Foundation, Missouri Angus Association, Grain Valley Youth Sports League, Grain Valley Historical Society, Grain Valley Assistance Council, Boy Scout Troop 310, St Johns Lalande School, Trinity Lutheran School and the Grain Valley Santa Bus.

Ward Development employees are members of the community, in which they build. Before a project begins, they work with local governments, schools, fire departments and law enforcement to design and coordinate developments. They understand a community’s master plan and often work with community leaders to create win/win situations through collaboration. Ward Development believes that communities are about relationships and families and creating a sustainable, efficient and vibrant environment in which to live, work and grow.

Volunteers on Construction Site

Agriculture and Cattle Production

In recognition of its agricultural roots, the Ward family has a large agricultural arm that includes raising over 1800 cow-calf pairs on over 7500 acres in Oak Grove, Lone Jack, Chilhowee, and Warsaw. This also included a local butcher shop (Valley Oaks Meats) in Blue Springs Missouri and a Bull Stud Facility (Premier Genetics) in Warsaw Missouri.

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