Developer Tom Valenti is adding a new green roof and walking path to the top of the Walmart building in his design for the Mission Gateway project. He also is inviting Mission residents to a meeting Tuesday evening to explain the changes and answer questions about the project.
The meeting for the public will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sylvester Powell Community Center. Valenti said the meeting will be a combination of a presentation and question session with time for residents to give feedback.
The changes to the Gateway proposal include adding a green roof to just under half of the Walmart roof with a one-eighth mile walking and jogging path. The green roof, Valenti said in an email, will be built on a “deck” on top of the Walmart roof. Valenti said it is “probably a first for a Walmart.”
The green roof and the path were the suggestion of several residents of Countryside with whom Valenti met recently. “Several of them had previously spoken against the project,” Valenti said, “but told me that they would favor the project with this kind of addition.”
The plan includes a new pedestrian bridge from the third level of the parking structure, which is to the west of the Walmart building that is on the Roe Ave. side of the project, as well as three stair towers coming up from the first floor for a safety exit from the roof.
The Mission City Council in November voted to remand the preliminary site plan for the project back to the planning commission after a motion to approve the plan failed on a 4-3 vote. The motion to have the planning commission reconsider the site plan asked it to look at the exception granted for a discount superstore in the mixed use area and if the store (Walmart) meets the mixed use requirements.
Valenti said he hopes to be in front of the planning commission again on Dec. 28, but does not have confirmation that is the date when the case will be heard.
The green roof would be a combination of native prairie grass, sedum and native flowering plants. Renderings of the landscaping will be available Tuesday. It includes rest areas with benches and trellis for shade.
At the Tuesday meeting, Valenti said, he will show the new plans and discuss the project in general with residents.