File the following under “no love lost.”
The Tutera Group’s decision to put up yellow chain and no trespassing signs across the entrances to Mission Valley a day after the Prairie Village City Council’s vote halted the company’s Mission Chateau proposal appears to come in response to comments made by Ward V Councilor David Morrison during the proceedings early Wednesday morning.
Morrison, in whose ward the Mission Valley site lies, delivered the evening’s sharpest criticisms of the project in his usual breathless style, at one point saying that construction of Mission Chateau would be like “Lebron James and Larry Bird moving in to munchkin land.”
But it was Morrison’s comment to the effect that Mission Valley was a “significant community asset” that stirred Tutera to make the move.
“There seemed to be a misunderstanding by at least one member of the City Council that the property is still some type of city asset or city owned property,” said Mission Chateau project representative Ryan Fischer. “That is not the case. The property is privately owned. Therefore, we have taken necessary steps to secure the private property.”
Morrison is in a fight for his political life, with the Johnson County district attorney’s case to oust him from office after he allowed a homeless man with a history of drug convictions stay unsupervised at Prairie Village City Hall set to begin in October.