Demolition commences on Johnson Drive to make way for Mission Trails project

Mission Trails demolition
Demolition crews are taking down the building just east of Johnson Drive and Lamar to make way for the Mission Trails project.

Demolition crews began taking down the office building at 6201 Johnson Drive just east of Lamar late last week to make way for the Mission Trails project, which will bring new apartments and retail to downtown Mission.

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The Mission Trails project will bring 200 new apartments and a 5,000 square foot restaurant to Johnson Drive. Image credit EPC Real Estate.

The city council gave final approval to the Mission Trails project plan last fall, paving the way for the construction of a five-story mixed use building that will have 200 apartment units, ground level retail and restaurant space next to an outdoor courtyard. The city approved a 20-year tax increment financing incentive request from developer EPC Real Estate last September on the condition that the company pay up to $200,000 toward city infrastructure improvement surrounding the site, namely a parking structure on the south side of the project.

Fifty spaces in the 287-space multi-level parking structure that will be built as part of the project will be available for public use, and will be available as overflow parking for the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center.

According to the city, the Mission Trails apartments will be “luxury, market rate, one and two bedroom” units. And EPC Real Estate says the goal for the 5,000 square foot restaurant will be to “to offer the best sit-down restaurant in the Mission area.”

The company anticipates that the construction phase of the $40 million project will take around 18 months.

The long-vacant commercial building currently on the site was built in 1960.

If developer Tom Valenti’s Mission Gateway project breaks ground as planned in September, Mission will have two multi-million dollar new development projects under way at either end of its central business corridor on Johnson Drive.