Despite residents’ lingering objections, commission gives approval to move Mission Gateway Project forward

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MISSION, Kan. -- The Mission Gateway Project moves one step closer to reality.

After seeing the latest revision, Mission's city planning commission voted to move the project on to city council for vote. A lot of the discussion came down making the project look more attractive and inviting, yet some residents say no matter how you dress up the elephant in the room, it’s still an elephant!

They’re talking about the Walmart store that’s part of the mixed-use project. It’s been a point of contention from the beginning, with residents citing several concerns about having the store in their neighborhood.

The proposed changes shown Monday night add 74 apartments over the proposed Walmart store. The developer says they will be of the same quality as apartments on the Country Club Plaza. A glass staircase leading up to the apartments has been added, among other features. Some residents say they’d like the project and the new changes, if Walmart wasn’t involved.

“The Walmart is still, I think, a white elephant for this whole project, and I don’t think that the addition of the residence really does anything to help even thought they’re trying to make it a mixed use facility,” said Mission resident Jan Present.

“I think the feedback really focused on making sure that the project looks really good, and that the combination of uses and the use of material are well coordinated and compliment one another so that it doesn’t look like a hodgepodge,” said developer Thomas Valenti, who is well aware of the opposition residents have to Walmart being part of the project.

Valenti also addressed concerns about access to the project’s walk ways, and green space, and making sure a precast concrete wall will fit in with the design of it’s surroundings.

The revision now heads to city council for a vote.

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