Prairie Village City Council rejects permit for Mission Chateau project

Updated: 2013-09-04T06:25:56Z


Special to The Star

The Prairie Village City Council decided early Wednesday that Mission Chateau was too big for the former Mission Valley Middle School site at 8500 Mission Road.

After more than six hours and just before 1 a.m, the council opted not to approve the recommendation from the Planning Commission that the Tutera Group be granted a special use permit application to build the senior living community.

While the final vote was 7-6 in favor of the ordinance approving the project, a supermajority of 10 votes was required for the ordinance to be enacted because of a successful protest petition filed last month by the neighbors adjacent to the site. The Tutera Group can appeal the council’s decision in court.

The Tutera Group wanted to build Mission Chateau on 18.4 acres at 8500 Mission Road, but opponents contended that the 358,040-square-foot project would be too dense for the area.

The plans called for 327 units total: a skilled nursing facility, a memory care center, independent and assisted-living facilities, and duplexes known as “villas” to be constructed in three phases.

On Aug. 6, the Planning Commission voted 5-1 to recommend approval. The vote came after three contentious public hearings and a commission work session that led to a small reduction in the project’s size.

The opposition, led by the Mission Valley Neighbors Association, filed a successful protest petition last month, which required 10 of the 13 voting members of the council to approve the special permit application for Mission Chateau.

Deal Saver Subscribe today!


The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here