Newsflash: Kansas City Star FINALLY Discovers Mission Mall Re-Development Doomed!!!

For years some of the very best TKC readers have reminded us that Mission Mall might be one of the worst development projects in Kansas City metro history.

Here's a tacit admission as much from the 4 dollar Kansas City Star Sunday paper . . .

The project was required to be substantially complete by the end of 2021 for developer Tom Valenti, of The Cameron Group in New York, to receive an estimated $36 million in tax incentives pledged by the city of Mission. With the work incomplete, both the agreement and incentives expired as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Valenti’s group still owns the property, so both he and city officials expect they will attempt to renegotiate a new development agreement early this year. City officials have grown frustrated after years of unmet promises, however, and it is unclear how the council may view another new Valenti proposal.

“We acknowledge and share the frustration of our residents with respect to this project,” Mission Mayor Sollie Flora said in a statement last month. “Our top priority in any renegotiation will be protecting the City’s interests.”

Translation . . .

They don't have a clue what's going to happen. 

Some of the smarter people from this blog have suggested green space or a dog park.

Read more via paywall blog news link . . .

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