Monday, July 27, 2020

Newsflash: Kansas City Star Finally Notices Mission Gateway Still Unfinished

The Sunday dead-tree cover story offered a truism understood by very newsie and West JoCo denizens . . . Mission Gateway is a hot mess and the pandemic and horrible planning doomed the project at every point in its inception . . . Here's the newspaper jumping aboard the bandwagon for those who saved themselves 5 bucks on the Sunday paper:

Will Mission Gateway ever be completed?

The ill-fated Mission Gateway project has stalled again, after 15 years of delays. It's now in question whether the $225 million development, at Shawnee Mission Parkway, Roe Avenue and Johnson Drive, will be completed.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

this project does have the worst luck ever.



Anonymous said...

The people in RoPo are dimwits for even letting these clowns pitch these constant boondoggles to them.

Make it a park or something that doesn't look like somewhere in New Jersey and it's a clear improvement.

Anonymous said...

City of Mission acts like this is someone else's fault. It is their fault. They have meddled and poked and jacked around with this in their fickle way. Just ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

mission is in a state of suspended animation until this is resolved.

which means mission is, well, SOL.

Anonymous said...

Mission Mall has ghosts and they're angry.

Anonymous said...

Anybody know the economic effect of this fiasco on Mission? Will Mission's property taxes be going up? Will they have to go into reorganization? Will they have to cut back on police and other services? Will shopkeepers on Johnson Drive be leaving?

Anonymous said...

Would KU Med be able to do something there?

Anonymous said...

I voted against the Walmart going there but maybe that should have passed? The developer has a terrible reputation and you can see why. it's not Missions fault. Its a developer who's not much better than a flim flam man. In fact, Mission has been far too lenient. Its a disgrace. To hire a General Contractor you must demonstrate that you have the financing in place to pay. No one would move forward with a partial demonstration of financing. I smell fraud and lies.

Anonymous said...

This may now be at the point where the city can foreclose and sell it off to stronger hands.

There are several Kansas City developers who might be able to make the site work. It is kind of a strange location in that it's super strategic even though a demographic survey might not look great to somebody who doesn't know Kansas City.

This is not necessarily anything against the New Yorkers and maybe they've just had bad karma timing-wise.

Anonymous said...

If there were a nice garden hotel, such as Residence Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Aloft, or whatever, with a sub-Plaza price point, it would be fully occupied quickly.

Same for nice apartments with a price point for young working people.

Then, mix in a couple of restaurants with parking.

Why couldn't the developer get this done?

Anonymous said...

I have posted for years - the financial ratios and interest coverage ratio in particular is killing this project. Then on top of it all, Mission Ks and its horrible city government (church pew taxes, personal driveway use taxes, strip search of soccer mom in broad daylight in Post Office parking lots because kids placed pebbles in mailboax) and corrupt police force have doomed it. Mission is 40 years behind the times. No 50 years behind. Its like 1970 there.

Anonymous said...

It's Mission, who really cares?

Anonymous said...

1040, good points.

this project will prove their nemesis.

Anonymous said...

WILL MISSION GATEWAY EVER BE COMPLETED? Probably not. What they are building is a big ugly design where a mall used to be. Mission made a huge mistake in tearing it down... and even bigger mistake with the design of the new blob. Movie theatres are about to go the way of the postage wired telephones.

Anonymous said...

DEFUND Mission!

Hyperblogal said...

A revitalized Mission Mall would have been generating tax revenue for 15 years.

Anonymous said...

Did the commie red star decide it was a racist project?

Anonymous said...

how in the heck is anybody in mission going to figure their way out of this?