Mission Chateau public hearing set to open Tuesday night

A rendering of the proposed Mission Chateau senior living community that the Tutera Group would like to build on the Mission Valley Middle School site.

After months of posturing, proponents and protestors of the proposed Mission Chateau senior living development will finally get their day before the Prairie Village Planning Commission.

The Commission is set to open a public hearing on the Tutera Group’s plans to build a senior community on the site of the shuttered Mission Valley Middle School building during its 7 p.m. meeting tonight.

Because of the large anticipated crowd, the meeting will be held in Friendship Hall at Village Presbyterian Church instead of Prairie Village City Hall. The agenda includes four items before the hearing on the Tutera Group’s proposal begins.

The proposal has drawn intense scrutiny from neighbors who say it will decrease property values and is a poor fit for the surrounding neighborhood. Tutera has countered that it has attempted to work closely with area homeowners to assuage concerns about design elements, and is trying to build a community that will meet the needs of the growing senior population in the coming years.

Though the public hearing will begin tonight, it will not close until after the June Planning Commission meeting at the earliest. Once the public hearing is closed, the neighbors will have the option of filing a protest petition with the city, which could make it more difficult for the proposal to win final approval from the Prairie Village City Council.

Elevation drawings of the proposed structures as seen from the south and east.