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.
The most prominent obituary in Tuesday's Kansas City Star was written by Steve Rose. It announced the death of the National Museum of Suburbia idea in Overland Park.
Rose reported on comments made by Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, who said at a budget hearing recently that the expensive idea to build a monument to the suburbs at the old King Louie West building (right in the middle of a suburb) needed to be "off the table."
Eilert stopped just short of saying that to The Pitch a little more than a month ago, when the paper was trying to figure out why Johnson County bought King Louie (8788 Metcalf in Overland Park) in 2011, and why it thought building a National Museum of Suburbia was a good idea.
Plenty of local residents think that Kansas City International Airport is fabulously convenient, especially compared with larger airports.
Research firm J.D. Power & Associates agreed - at least they did in 2010, when they festooned KCI with their highest ranking for passenger satisfaction among medium-sized airports, in part due to its convenience at the check-in counter and security checkpoints.
Why, then, do local officials take such a dim view of KCI's accessibility?
"Fly out midmorning," suggests Kansas City aviation director Mark VanLoh. "That's the best time to go. But for the business travelers who have to go early, they know the delays and confusion we have."
Over on Fat City, Charles Ferruzza has this update to his coverage of the aftermath of the explosion at JJ's:
In addition to the local groups planning fundraising events or arranging for donation sites for the employees of JJ's Restaurant, the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association has organized a one-day, citywide effort for Kansas City restaurants and diners to raise money. Tomorrow - Saturday, February 23 - nearly 50 area restaurants are donating 10 percent of sales to the JJ's Restaurant Fund. This fund has been set up by, and will be managed by, the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association, according to that group's executive director, Steve Cole. He says that "all funds collected will be provided to JJ's Restaurant owner Jimmy Frantze, to help his staff convalesce." For a list of participating restaurants, click here.
So now you're definitely eating out tomorrow night.
Police were looking for Rufus L. Young ever since his ex-girlfriend, Naushay Riley, and her mother, Jackie M. Riley, were found dead in their home early Thursday morning.
But before he could be apprehended, police say, he shot himself in the head last night at an Independence motel.
The ACLU of Kansas & Western Missouri intervened on behalf of a man who was charged with violating the city's trespassing ordinance in May. The ACLU asked that the case against Nicholas "Wick" Thomas be thrown out because he was using a sidewalk in Westport at the time of his arrest. On July 18, the city prosecutor dismissed the charge.
The case highlights the occasional ambiguity between what is private and what is public space in Westport. Thomas is not the first individual to complain that the line gets a little fuzzy in the shopping and entertainment district.
Let no one say this state doesn't have the forward-thinking business leaders who can give the words "Made in Missouri" meaning someday. Yes, in years to come, you'll have scaled the heights of success, be sitting on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean, and the cabana boy will walk through the white sand toward your beach chair carrying a silver tray. As he presents the tiny treat, he'll assure you, "Our finest synthetic pot, sir, a beautiful 2011 K3, made in the rolling fields of western Missouri by their finest artisans." Oh, don't think you won't harrump approvingly at that!
This week's cover of Bloomberg Businessweek, written by The Pitch's own former staff writer Ben Paynter, chronicles the big business of mom-and-pop synthetic-pot manufacturers. A lot of it is stuff you already know if you read The Pitch (K2 product test, "Fake Reefer Madness," "Buzz Factory") but Paynter's story turns up some interesting details from law-enforcement officers who've been testing the drugs.
In their effort to recover from the ongoing sex-abuse scandal, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese has removed Vicar General Robert Murphy from his job handling sex-abuse complaints.
Murphy is succeeded as vicar by the Rev. Joseph Powers. Bishop Finn appointed him the same day a suit was filed against the diocese claiming that they failed to comply with the terms of a prior sex-abuse settlement, which required disclosure of all such complaints, reports Catholic Culture.
Four years ago, a group of men approached the Unified Government of Wyandotte County with an ambitious proposal. They wanted to transform a flood plain into a $980 million "sports and entertainment destination resort."
The project, Sport World Live, sounded like a mash-up of the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World and the mother of all youth sports complexes. In addition to ball fields, horse stables and an international village, the plans called for a five-star hotel -- not to be confused with the same complex's "signature" hotel. There were to be vacation condos as well, to fulfill any visitor's fantasy of owning a time-share off Interstate 435 near the Missouri River.
At the time, The Pitch called the proposal ridiculous. That has turned out to be an understatement.
The Katz Drug building, which serves as an unofficial gateway to Westport, is for sale. The Art Deco landmark on Main Street, empty since 2006, will be sold at an auction on August 11.
Midtown developer Brent Lambi bought the building in 2009. At the time, he was contemplating a $27-million redevelopment plan encompassing several blocks. He filed an application with the city for credits available to developers who restore historic buildings and work in low-income areas. But when he learned that a former sex partner had filed suit against him, he disappeared.
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