The Prairie Village Planning Commission this week appeared pleased with changes that developers made for a proposed $50 million senior living community on the site of the former Mission Valley Middle School.
By LINDA CRUSE
Special to The Star
The revisions reduce the project’s total square footage from 387,244 to 351,240 square feet, drop the frontage on Mission Road from 521 to 352 feet, eliminate 30 assisted-living units and shrink the height of an entry. There also is a 300-foot buffer zone between the building and the homes to the south.
The building’s orientation was changed from north-south to east-west.
The new plan includes two rows of villas facing each other on either side of a street.
“You have addressed my concerns from a month ago,” Commissioner Bob Lindeblad said at a Planning Commission workshop held Tuesday night at Village Presbyterian Church. He called the addition of the villas a huge improvement.
Commissioner Nancy Wallerstein agreed. “It looks more like a community of villas with them facing each other,” she said. “You’ve created something attractive and appealing for the Prairie Village lifestyle.”
“I think you’ve done a great job,” said Commissioner Dirk Schafer. “You listened and reacted.”
The action followed months of packed, heated public hearings. Earlier, both commissioners and residents voiced objectionsto the project’s size and scale.
The revisions were the focus of Tuesday’s workshop. About 50 Prairie Village residents attended but no public comment was accepted. Citizens can comment on the revisions at a July 11 neighborhood meeting at Shawnee Mission East High School hosted by developers, the Tutera Group.
The proposed senior living complex will consist of an independent living facility, villas, a memory care center and a skilled nursing unit at 8500 Mission Road.
Joe Tutera, the project developer, said the community would offer a wide range of rental retirement options for residents.
He said that initial projections called for a 24-month construction timetable but the estimate now is two and a half years. He said the skilled nursing care and memory care units probably will be built before the assisted living and independent living units.
Tutera said parking issues would be handled internally with employee vehicles moved to other locations during holidays and busy times, if needed.
A summary of citizen comments from the July 11 meeting will be presented to the Planning Commission. A public hearing on the revised design is the slated for the commission’s August meeting. Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the plan in either August or September.