Gateway’s open land only slightly smaller than Village Shops, Corinth Square retail centers

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How does the currently undeveloped property at the Mission East Gateway site compare to other retail centers in northeast Johnson County? That was a question put to us recently by a reader.

It turns out that the Gateway in Mission, the Village Shops and Corinth Square in Prairie Village are fairly similar in size. The Gateway has 16.2 acres of space. The Village Shops is 17.4 acres and Corinth North (the portion north of 83rd Street) is 17.79 acres. Corinth South adds another 6.87 acres to that shopping area. The much smaller Fairway shops only occupies 2.7 acres along Shawnee Mission Parkway.

For further comparison, the former Mission Valley Middle School property, the site for Mission Chateau, is more than 18 acres. The Homestead Country Club property is 14.45 acres. Meadowbrook Country Club, where a new development proposal is expected, is a much larger 138 acres.

The Mission City Council this week began the process of setting an assessment against the Gateway property to pay back the city’s investment on storm water improvements that it made to put the property in position to be developed.

The council set Jan. 21 as the date for a public hearing and a scheduled vote on an ordinance that would assess the $11,991,996 cost of the improvements to the Gateway developer, spread over 20 years. The ordinance also calls for the ability of the city to assess interest on the outstanding balance.

That pending assessment of approximately $600,000 per year prompted speculation that it might trigger new movement on Gateway plans. A recent proposal to scuttle most of the retail and all of the residential originally planned for the site met with stiff public opposition. The Gateway is currently zoned for mixed-use development.