New Mission Gateway drawings likely to hit planning commission for review later this month

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A set of plans for the latest Gateway development has been submitted and it is likely that they will get their first review by the city at a planning commission meeting later this month.

The plans have not yet undergone a review by city staff for comment and have not been reviewed by the planning commission. The planning commission will get the drawings at its Sept. 28 meeting, according to the current schedule.

The drawings show multiple stories for residential units on top of first floor retail along two sides of the project and a hotel with seven stories. However, the Walmart that anchors the project at the corner of Johnson Drive and Roe Ave. with a 150,000 square foot store appears in the drawings to be only one-story.

The drawings also show a total of 1,551 parking spaces arranged over three levels with most of that (751 spaces) being on the first level. That first level parking includes 101 surface level parking stalls along Roeland Drive in front of the retail and 31 stalls along Johnson Drive. The remainder of the first level parking consists of 619 stalls in the structured parking area.

The new drawings describe parking and square footage at each level for retail, residential, hotel and office space. They also show a performance stage behind the residential units and boardwalks connecting to the parking area.

Last week the city council discussed a request that would extend the Community Improvement Districts that cover the property. The CID designations are tied to the property rather than the developer, the council was told, and granting the extension means the city avoids starting the 20-year limited life of the CID so it can be used at a later time.

The latest proposal will require a new development agreement between the developer and the city. Developer Tom Valenti has indicated he will be asking for city financial support for the newest plan.

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