Prairie Village mayor Ron Shaffer broke the tie on the controversial Mission Chateau senior living community proposal on Monday, Jan. 6. At the end of the three-hour city council meeting, Shaffer voted in favor of the plan, leaving the final count at seven in favor and six against. This gives the Tutera company rights to the property where Mission Valley used to be to build the senior living center, an outcome that has been heatedly debated for the past year.
Initially when the plan was brought to the council in September, it was shot down due to a protest petition signed by the property’s neighboring homeowners. However, this time there was no petition on file, rendering the three-fourths supermajority vote requirement unnecessary.
Juniors Clark Doerr and Grace Satterlee live to the south of the old Mission Valley property.
“I mean [my parents] aren’t really that bummed out by the outcome becuase I’m sure it will be a fine project, but they’re just mad because of how hard they worked and it didn’t go the way they wanted,” said Doerr.
Satterlee says her family is very disappointed with the decision made. She adds that they and other neighbors weren’t against the retirement center itself, but the proposed size of it.
“My family will continue to fight for neighbors’ property rights that were ignored by six council members and the mayor,” says Satterlee.
While the Tutera company is looking to work on construction documents and permits, the neighbors’ representative lawyer says the group will most likely take legal action by appealing to a higher authority to reevaluate the decision made.