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.
By JONATHAN BENDER
Special to The Star
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.