With creation of TIF district, Mission planning commission prepares to consider 5-story mixed-use project on Johnson Drive

A rendering of the project looking east along Johnson Drive.
A rendering of the project looking east along Johnson Drive.

The city of Mission has approved the first major step in a project that would fundamentally change the block between Lamar Ave. and Beverly Ave. on Johnson Drive.

At its meeting last week, the Mission City Council approved the creation of a tax increment financing district for the redevelopment of 6201 Johnson Drive, which includes the long-vacant former Pyramid Life Insurance Company building. EPC Real Estate Group’s preliminary site plans call for an approximately 200-unit apartment complex with a 5,500 square foot of restaurant space.

Concept drawings provided to the city show the apartment complex surrounding a pool and other resident amenities, while a four-level, 287 stall parking garage would wrap behind the existing The Bar restaurant. The restaurant space, which would anchor the northeast corner of the development, would have an open-air courtyard with a fountain. EPC’s Steven Coon told the city council he anticipated the development would have two or three — and potentially four — individual restaurants.

Coon pointed to the increased walkability of the downtown business district after the renovation of Johnson Drive as one of the factors that made the site attractive to the company.

“We look for walkable communities,” Coon said. “We’ve always liked Mission, and have liked in particular what’s been done on Johnson Drive. It has created an extremely walkable area.”

The city’s approval of the creation of the TIF district sets off a 30-day review period for the Shawnee Mission School District and the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, the two governing bodies that have veto authority over potential TIF projects. Assuming that neither of those bodies vote to scuttle the TIF district, the Mission planning commission would consider EPC’s proposal at its May 22 meeting. That could set the project up for final approval from the city by the middle of this summer.

Additional renderings and site plans from the concept presented to the city are below.

A view of the corner of the development that would house the restaurants and courtyard.
A view of the corner of the development that would house the restaurants and courtyard.
An overhead view of a preliminary site plan.
An overhead view of a preliminary site plan.
Part of an elevation drawing looking west toward the project. The Bar is in the foreground.
Part of an elevation drawing looking west toward the project. The Bar is in the foreground.