New Mission Gateway plan filed; residential units would be added on two floors above Walmart building

The two stacking diagrams show the development from two different perspectives and color code the uses. In the bottom diagram, Walmart is on the right side in red with the blue residential units on top.

Developer Tom Valenti has filed a new plan for the Mission Gateway project that adds residential units to the top of the Walmart building.

The new drawings that have been filed with the city show two levels of residential units added above the Walmart building on three sides. Each of the two levels has 37 units of residential around the perimeter for a total of 74 residential units at nearly 80,000 square feet. The new residential component is on three sides of the Walmart building – excluding the side of the building that faces Roe Ave.

The other components of the plan appear to remain unchanged, including the 155,000 square foot Walmart store on the east side of the development near the intersection of Roe Ave. and Johnson Drive. The apartments above Walmart will be served by a single corridor so all of the apartments’ views are looking to the north over Johnson Drive, west to the interior of the project or south toward Shawnee Mission Parkway. All of the new apartments will be single bedrooms and studios, but otherwise have similar finishings to the other market-rate apartments planned for the rest of the development.

The apartments looking west will be set back from the edge of the building to have the opportunity for walk-out patios. A significant common exterior roof space with a patio and plantings for residents to use is included in the new plan, according to the development team.

The change will require that the plans be re-submitted to the Mission Planning Commission for approval of a preliminary site plan. That is expected to be on the agenda for the June 27 meeting. If approved, the city council could consider the new plan at its July 20 meeting. A preliminary site plan will require the approval of both the planning commission and city council.

The previous site plan had drawn considerable opposition on the council and in the community. It was approved by the planning commission twice. It was once rejected by the city council and then approved when Mayor Steve Schowengerdt broke a tie vote to move it forward. A financing plan had not been submitted for the old plan and could have faced significant hurdles in the council. The April elections brought two new council members on who had openly opposed the plan and the expected financing request.

A request for Tax Increment Financing or a Community Improved District financing had not been filed for the old version and had not been received this week by the city for the latest plan.

The addition of residential units above the Walmart brings the new plan closer to a version approved by the city council (with TIF and CID financing) that had retail above the Walmart.

One of the criticisms of the previous plan was that it did not meet the intent of the mixed use zoning district or the restrictions on the placement of single-story super discount stores.

The latest plan still shows a hotel, other residential and retail and office space.

One of the renderings showing design from the other side of the project.