Next hurdle for Mission Gateway plan is city council vote later this month

The Gateway property
The Gateway property

The next hurdle for the Mission Gateway plan will come later this month when the city council considers a preliminary site plan recently passed by the Mission Planning Commission.

The latest proposal is similar to one that was approved by the council in January, but adds 74 market rate apartments above the 155,000 square foot Walmart store that anchors the east end of the development.

Mayor Steve Schowengerdt broke a 4-4 council tie to approve the last plan which also had retail, a hotel, apartments and a potential office building. But since that vote, a city election brought three new members to the city council, which has the potential to change the outcome. The plan will come to the council at its Aug. 17 meeting.

If the preliminary site plan gets council approval on Aug. 17, the city council has tentatively scheduled work sessions on Aug. 24 and Aug. 31. Those work sessions would be dedicated to other aspects of the Gateway plan such as the development agreement and any public participation in financing. Both would require council approval.

Previous Gateway development proposals have included requests for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Community Improvement Districts (CID) that would collect increases in property tax and additional sales tax at the site to offset construction costs. The council already has held one work session to brief council members on the public financing intricacies.