Development

Mission Chateau developer files plan for smaller project at site of former Prairie Village school

Updated: 2013-10-08T02:32:25Z

By JONATHAN BENDER

Special to The Star

Mission Chateau is back in Prairie Village.

Only three days after filing a lawsuit challenging the City Council’s rejection of a special use permit for the senior living community on the site of the former Mission Valley Middle School, developer Joe Tutera on Friday filed a new site plan with the city.

MVS LLC, the development entity created by the Tutera Group, now wants to build a 325,890-square-foot project on the 18.4-acre site at 8500 Mission Road.

While the site plan for Mission Chateau still includes independent- and assisted-living facilities, and skilled nursing and memory care centers, it has eliminated 17 “villas,” dropping the total number of units from 327 to 310.

Instead of the duplexes, the developer would subdivide about 5.6 acres on the south side of the property into nine lots where single-family homes will be built.

In August, the Prairie Village Planning Commission recommended 5-1 that the City Council approve the original special use permit application for Mission Chateau. The project then was 358,040 square feet.

It met strong neighborhood opposition led by the Mission Valley Neighbors Association, which argued that Mission Chateau was too big a development for the neighborhood.

The council in September voted 7-6 in favor of the proposal, but 10 votes were required because of a successful protest petition filed by the neighboring property owners. The lawsuit, filed last Tuesday in Johnson County District Court, challenges the constitutionality of the protest petition.

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