Nearly a year after the Tutera Group first presented its vision for Mission Chateau, an extensive senior living community planned for the site of the shuttered Mission Valley Middle School, to neighborhood residents, the proposal will for the second time go before the Prairie Village City Council where it is expected to get an up or down vote.
The chain of events that bring us to today, however, have created bad blood on both sides of the issue, with proponents of the development frustrated by the well-organized protest of neighbors and opponents upset by the scale of the proposal and Tutera’s resistance to substantially scaling it down.
Regardless of how you view the project, it’s clear that Tutera’s chances for gaining approval are much higher than they were in September, when a valid protest petition against the plan triggered a supermajority requirement for approval by the council. Tonight’s vote, however, will be taken under straight majority requirements. Tutera needs just seven affirmative votes for the plan to pass as opposed to the 10 it needed in September.
The council meeting will be held at Village Presbyterian Church tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Given the controversy surrounding the drawn-out deliberations over the proposal, what do you hope will happen tonight?