Senior citizen apartments planned for Mission fail to get low income tax credits needed for financing

Outgoing Mission City Councilor Lawrence Andre said the old Neff Printing building is blighted, and welcomed the proposed senior housing development.
The old Neff Printing building in Mission was torn down last summer, but a planned senior housing project did not receive the tax credits it needed.

A senior citizen apartment project that had been planned for the west edge of Mission is not going to happen.

Brinshore Development has been turned down for the state low income housing tax credits for the third year in a row. As a result, Brinshore has asked that its contract with the city for the purchase of the land that housed the old Neff Printing building be voided.

Mission City Administrator Laura Smith said the city council will determine how to proceed with disposal of the city-owned property that has now had the building removed. Brinshore participated in the costs of the demolition and last year put up another $22,500 non-refundable deposit to secure an extension of its contract for a purchase option.

During the extension of the contract the last time, the city was willing to listen to other proposals for its use for a time period. A small strip of land that leads to the site from Johnson Drive side has recently been donated to the city which could provide another access point. The Neff site is behind the Panera on Martway and borders Metcalf Ave.

Brinshore had planned a 32-unit senior housing project that would have had some income guidelines. The sale of the property to Brinshore was contingent on the developer receiving Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation. Its application was rejected on all three submissions in the competitive allotment of funding.

A Merriam project that had planned to build on the site of the former Switzer school at 7101 Switzer also was turned down for the tax credits this year.