Gateway developer Tom Valenti scheduled to answer questions from residents at meeting hosted by Mission council members

Developer Tom Valenti addressed the city council Wednesday night. Photo by Bill Nichols
Developer Tom Valenti addressing the Mission City Council in October. Photo by Bill Nichols

The Gateway project will be the subject of a meeting March 12 hosted by Mission’s city council representatives.

Developer Tom Valenti will be attending the meeting to answer questions and listen to comments from the public about the proposed project. Valenti organized a community meeting of his own last December before his latest plan for the site went before the city’s planning commission for the second time.

The planning commission had approved the site plan, but it was rejected on a 4-3 vote by the city council. After the planning commission approved the site plan for the second time, the council deadlocked 4-4 and Mayor Steve Schowengerdt broke the tie by approving the plan.

The new council, to be seated after the April elections, will face votes on a Tax Increment Financing project plan and redevelopment agreement. Valenti has said he will ask for $29 million in bonds supported by future tax revenues.

Much of the criticism of the project, and many of the comments at the December meeting, center on the 155,000 square foot Walmart that anchors the project.

The March 12 meeting originally was announced as a Ward 3 and Ward 4 meeting, but that has now expanded to cover all the city’s wards, according to Councilor Suzie Gibbs. The candidates for city council seats have been invited to attend but will not be speaking. The format is for an informational meeting featuring Valenti.

The Gateway meeting starts at 9 a.m. at Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center.

The City of Mission is a co-sponsor, along with Prairie Village Post and the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, of a legislative update meeting that starts at the same time in a different room of the community center. It features Sen. Pat Pettey and Rep. Melissa Rooker.