Developers pitch senior living community plans to Mission Valley site neighbors

John Petersen presented plans for a senior living community on the site of Mission Valley Middle School to a group of local homeowners Tuesday.

Members of the two Homeowners Associations in the immediate vicinity of the abandoned Mission Valley Middle School site this week got their first chance to hear details about the extensive senior living community developers have planned for the 18-acre site.

Representatives from the Tutera Group, which plans to build on the property, made presentations to homeowners from the Corinth Meadow Homes Association Tuesday and the Town and Country Homes Association Wednesday.

At Tuesday’s meeting, nearly 40 residents gathered in the SM East cafeteria. Polsinelli Shughart PC attorney John Petersen teed-up the discussion as a chance for the ownership group to hear the concerns of residents and answer questions — a clear attempt to avoid antagonizing the members of the audience who had been active proponents of slowing the development process.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about this property,” Petersen said. “I think we all know that for many years this 18 acres served as a school site. That is no longer the case.”

Details of the Mission Chateau senior living development didn’t appear to have changed substantially since the group unveiled its plans before the Prairie Village City Council in November.

Petersen told Tuesday’s crowd that the senior living community would feature no commercial or retail space.

“As of today, I will guarantee that there is no retail or commercial component to this project,” he said.

The developers are planning on having an informational meeting that will be open to the public Jan. 24. We’ll post details about that meeting when we get them.