Vacant for years, Mission Valley site set to see new function as senior living project breaks ground

Tutera Group president Joe Tutera turned the first shovel of dirt at the Mission Chateau groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning.
Tutera Group president Joe Tutera turned the first shovel of dirt at the Mission Chateau groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning.

The road to get to Wednesday’s Mission Chateau groundbreaking ceremony was long, hard, and pockmarked with conflict. But in the end, said Prairie Village city leaders and representatives of the Tutera Group, the city and the company wound up with a project that they believe will be an asset to northeast Johnson County for decades to come.

“To say that this project has had its challenges would be an understatement,” Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer told a crowd of around 100 who braved the morning’s heat. “The combination of losing a beloved middle school, close proximity to neighbors and a change in land use set the stage for a perfect redevelopment storm.”