Mission prepares ordinance to charge Gateway. The Mission City Council, during committee meetings Wednesday night, approved an ordinance for its next council meeting that will authorize charging the developer of the long-stalled Gateway property $600,000 per year for the next 20 years to pay back the city’s $12 million investment in storm water improvements for the site. The developer can avoid interest charges by paying the entire cost upfront. Otherwise, the charges will be assessed on the Gateway tax bill over the next 20 years.
Star cites Mission Gateway as example of “pitfalls of redevelopment.” The Kansas City Star this week published an editorial pointing to Mission Gateway as a cautionary tale for municipalities trying to redevelop large parcels of land in their boundaries. “Today, Mission residents and elected officials have no good idea when Mission Gateway — the taxpayer-supported and dramatically scaled down, $100 million project at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roe Avenue — will be done.” [Mission Gateway shows pitfalls of redevelopment — Kansas City Star]
Water main breaks in Fairway. A water main break near Fairway Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway has left approximately 70 customers without running water. [Water main break impacts more than 70 customers — KSHB]
Rose says school finance elections give Shawnee Mission residents to chance to maintain excellence of schools. Former Johnson County Sun publisher Steve Rose used his Wednesday column in the Kansas City Star to explore the local funding ballot initiatives under way in every Johnson County district except Spring Hill. Rose notes that “voters throughout Johnson County will get a chance to confirm that, indeed, they are willing to pay a little more to maintain the excellence of our schools.” [Joco voters have chance to show support for schools — Steve Rose]
Bread & Butter acquires Ingredient restaurants. Bread & Butter concepts, the restaurant group that operates three restaurants in or near northeast Johnson County with a fourth on the way, announced Wednesday that it has acquired Ingredient, a chain of three restaurants with locations in Leawood, Kansas City, Mo., and Columbia. The company will rebrand the locations as Ingredient True Eatery and is introducing refined menus.