Cornerstone Commons project on Johnson Drive, still with grocery anchor, back on Mission agenda

A development that would bring a new grocery store to Johnson Drive is being resurrected after a lapse since last summer.

The old Keystone auto dealership property in Mission has been targeted for redevelopment. Photo by Daniel M. Blom
The old Keystone auto dealership property in Mission has been targeted for redevelopment. Photo by Daniel M. Blom

The project, called Cornerstone Commons, was first proposed in July 2013 to a Mission City Council Committee. The anchor for the development proposed at that time was a Natural Grocers store. It would be built on the property of the former Keystone auto dealership along Johnson Drive at Barkley Street.

Mission City Administrator Gerry Vernon said the developer, Dave Christie, has submitted a new plan which will go the planning commission in late June, but be discussed by a council committee earlier in the month.

Some differences exist between the 2013 plan and the new version, Vernon said. An approval of the new plan would mean amendments to the form-based zoning code for the area which sets minimum density requirements. Another change would eliminate a planned park area along Johnson Drive and replace it with parking area, Vernon said.

When Christie made the initial proposal last summer, it called for a Community Improvement District to support the project and a clawback provision to return money if provisions of the form-based code were not met by 2018. One of those provisions was to provide an underground parking area and the second was to have second-floor tenants over the initial businesses.

At the time of the initial proposal to the city, Christie said he was “turning tenants away” from the project and he was ready to build.