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City Counsel Rejects Mission Château Proposal

The Tutera Group is pushing to build a retirement center called Mission Château on the old Mission Valley property. The Mission Valley Neighborhood Association, which is behind the “No Massive Development” signs, has been fighting this proposal to keep the neighborhood around the Mission Valley site from becoming busy and overdeveloped.

Recently, the Prairie Village City Council voted down the project because of its size and how much it contrasted the surrounding community. According to Brenda Satterlee, East parent and Treasurer of Mission Valley Neighborhood Association, Mission Château would be the second largest Continuum Care Retirement Center in Johnson County even though it would sit on 18 acres. The first and third largest Continuum Care Retirement Centers in the county sit on 100 and 65 acres, respectively.

“[The Tutera Group] simply bought the wrong size of property,” Satterlee said. “They would need about 45 acres to make [Mission Château] happen.”

The density of the building proposed is another issue for Satterlee. While the average Continuum Care Retirement Center in Johnson County is approximately 8,000 square feet per acre, Mission Château would have been almost 20,000 square feet per acre. Taking this into account, the Mission Valley Neighborhood Association proposed a plan for a 150,000-foot senior living facility.

Satterlee’s goal is to get the support of the Mission Valley neighborhood to stop Mission Château from becoming a reality.

“I would like the entire city to get on board with this opposition,” Satterlee said. “When citizens actually understand the facts and care about our community as a whole they realize that our proposal is the right one for this property.”

Sophomore Julia Hager lives near the Mission Valley site. She also thinks Mission Château would disrupt the community.
“We have such a small community that [Mission Château] would be too much,” Hager said.
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