Prairie Village City Council to vote on senior center

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Passionate debate gives way to a decision Tuesday night as the Prairie Village City Council will vote on whether or not to move forward on a proposal to construct a 350,000 square foot senior living center on Mission Road.

For months, homeowners have been fighting The Tutera Group, hoping to eliminate the possibility of this large facility. The plans call for the living center to be constructed at the abandoned site of the Mission Valley Middle School.

Near the school, it’s clear how many of the residents feel, posting large and small signs reading “N0 Massive Development at Mission Valley School Site.”

Property owners within the 200-foot buffer zone surrounding the school signed a protest petition against the project. For the petition to have merit, more than 20 percent of the homeowners in the buffer zone needed to sign it, the neighborhood association got 56 percent. By getting those signatures, the Prairie Village City Council must now have a 3/4’s vote to approve the project rather than just half of council approving it.

To counter the associations protest petition, The Tutera Group says it has nearly 250 letters supporting the project.

Tuesday’s council meeting will start at 6:30pm, however the proposal won’t be discussed until 7:3opm.

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