The first substantive vote on a controversial senior-living-community proposal may occur Tuesday night when the Prairie Village Planning Commission meets to discuss the Mission Chateau project.
Now that construction on Wal-Mart-anchored Mission Gateway, in Mission, is under way, the large senior-living and nursing community slated for the shuttered Mission Valley Middle School site, at 8500 Mission, is the biggest development pickle in northeast Johnson County.
Mission Chateau pits the well-heeled Tutera Group, a locally based developer of senior-living communities in the Midwest and elsewhere, against an increasingly well-organized neighborhood group trying to fend off a project that they feel is too large and too obtrusive for a former school site so close to a surrounding neighborhood.
Previous hearings this summer for Mission Chateau had drawn out enough skeptical members from the Mission Valley Neighborhood Association that the Tutera Group has made changes to its plan, to try and appease both neighbors and city officials.
But literature circulated last week by the MVNA, an ad hoc group formed to oppose Mission Chateau, suggests that the recent changes aren't enough.
The Pitch took a look at the Mission Chateau project in May when the Tutera Group was trying to sell the project in neighborhood meetings but was met by reticent Prairie Village residents, one who suggested that she might move if Mission Chateau got approved.
If the planning commission passes the proposal, the Mission City Council is expected to take up the matter in September.
Tuesday's meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church (6641 Mission). Those who can't make it can e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.