Mission Gateway Project still in limbo after city council votes down plan

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MISSION, Kan. -- The decade-long wait continues. Mission City Council voted against the developer's plan for the Mission Gateway Project.

There is still a big question mark hovering over this 16-acre plot of land at Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway.

"If the developer can’t make that work, it’s hard to see what else can go in it at this point," said Tim Hannon.

Hannon was disappointed when City Council shot down the developer’s plans for the Mission Gateway Project. It included a Wal-Mart with apartments built on top, a hotel, and other retail locations.

"It’s been a long time. We’d like to have something go in there and see some development go on," he said.

He grew up in Mission and remembered when the Mission Mall occupied the space. It was demolished ten years ago, starting the decade-long waiting game.

"It’s kind of become a big joke. The Mission weed patch down there, Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway," said Hannon.

Mission Mayor, Steve Schowengerdt, was a little surprised by the turn of events but not discouraged. He said the city will work closely with the developer and residents to find something that everyone can agree on, or at least the majority.

"The main thing is we want something that’s going to last, not just five or ten years. We want something that’s sustainable," Showengerdt said.

Hannon hopes whatever will be built on that lot will be useful for the future.

"Hopefully before I die, something will be in there so my kids can enjoy it or my grandkids," said Hannon.