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Mission Gateway has languished for years. But a groundbreaking is possible for summer

The Mission Gateway project has been an empty field for 12 years since a New York developer bought the Mission Mall in 2005 and tore it down. There's movement now to start phase 1 of the 16-acre site.
The Mission Gateway project has been an empty field for 12 years since a New York developer bought the Mission Mall in 2005 and tore it down. There's movement now to start phase 1 of the 16-acre site. File photo

A leasing effort is underway for the long-troubled Mission Gateway development, and a city official says a building permit could also soon be issued.

Colliers International has posted information to market the retail space in the first three buildings planned for the development at Johnson Drive and Roeland Drive. The marketing materials also show an aerial view and provide some detailed information about the buildings planned for the site.

It's a sign of progress for a project that has languished since 2005.

"We are actively leasing the project, and the developers intend to build," said Jeff Berg, with Colliers International. He declined further comment.

The property’s owner is New York-based Cameron Group LLC. Tom Valenti, principal developer with Cameron Group, could not be reached for comment.

But Brian Scott, assistant city administrator with the city of Mission, said the developer has submitted plans and a building permit application to the city staff for review. The building permit application is for Phase I of the three-phase project, which includes buildings A, B and C on the site.

Those buildings would have about 170 market rate apartments, with first-floor retail. It’s the retail component that Colliers is starting to market.

The city staff is also reviewing plans for on-street parking and streetscape along Johnson Drive.

Scott said the city expects to issue that building permit in June. No formal groundbreaking has been scheduled but Scott indicated it could come in August.

The marketing materials show buildings A, B and C would be built along Johnson Drive and Roeland Drive, with 55,000 square feet of first-floor retail space fronting on those streets.

Scott said the development’s second phase is expected to include two hotels: aloft and element. Marriott is the parent company. A parking garage would also be part of Phase II. Until that garage is built, residents of the apartments would park in surface spaces in front of Buildings B and C on Roeland Drive and in temporary spaces behind the three buildings.

The third phase would involve a 75,000-square-foot office building and a food hall building at Johnson Drive and Roe Avenue. Another building is labeled for an “entertainment” tenant.

The $200 million, mixed-use Mission Gateway proposal has languished for years. The Cameron Group bought the former 16-acre Mission Mall site at the prominent corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive and knocked it down in 2005. But nothing has emerged out of the ground over the past 13 years.

Last October, the Mission City Council approved a new development plan, but held Valenti to an Oct. 31, 2018 deadline to start work on the first of the three phases.

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