Categorizing the applicant’s submission as “bland” and “vanilla,” the Prairie Village Planning Commission on Tuesday gave so-so feedback to plans for a replacement building on the site of the dilapidated Medical & Professional Building at 7501 Mission Road, putting the developer’s plans for the site in a state of uncertainty.
The process to redevelop the property, which is owned by the McLiney and Sutherland families, began last year as the owners started pitching ideas for a new building on the site that would contain a combination of office and retail space.
After more than a year of preparation, the owners finally presented a plan calling for a 20,000 square foot office building to the Planning Commission for review last month. The staff report on the plan prepared by Chris Brewster of Gould Evans included a recommendation to approve the plan with a few minor conditions, including revisions to the landscaping scheme.
But members of the Planning Commission did not react warmly to the elevation drawings for the new building, and asked the applicant to return next month with more details about building materials and revisions to make the building more conducive to the surrounding area.
Here’s a look at the elevation drawing that was part of the application:
The lukewarm reception surprised the ownership group and its representatives.
“Our plan was not received warmly by planning commission,” said Greg Thornhill, who was overseeing the project from a real estate perspective. “We are reevaluating our options.”
Rob Ingraham, who lives just a block away from the site and is president of neighborhood’s homes association, said he and other area residents were supporting of the plan, and was surprised by the Planning Commission’s reaction.
“I told them, we are all excited about a new building going in on that corner and that I was sorry to see what happened,” he said.
Thornhill said he didn’t know when the group would be in a position to submit a revised plan.