Hotly debated Mission Chateau Project senior center fails in Prairie Village
5:42 AM, Sep 4, 2013
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. - A hotly debated senior living center proposed for Prairie Village has been shot down.
Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, the city council voted on the project after around five hours of public comment, presentations and debate.
The nearly 300 neighbors who attended the meeting feel victorious that their fight was able to sink the Tutera Development Group's plans.
Yet, others say it's a shame the project won't be moving forward, because they believe Prairie Village needs more options for its aging population.
The decision comes after months of protests to keep the vacant Mission Valley School from becoming a 450-bed senior living facility.
Several hundred homeowners propped signs up in their front yards to show their distaste for the Mission Chateau Project.
Tuesday night's meeting at the Village Presbyterian Church resulted in more council members voting "yes" to move the Mission Chateau Project forward, 7 to 6.
However, since neighbors had enough signatures for a protest petition, the council needed to get a supermajority vote of 10 members.
Prairie Village resident Whitney Kerr was delighted with the result.
"We would like to see something happen with it, but we don't want to see the wrong project and we think the proposed project is the wrong project for the neighborhood," she said. "It is way too big, it's out of character and will cause a strain on city services."
Carol James-Baker was also at Tuesday's meeting. James-Baker lives at another Tutera-owned development for senior citizens and she says the project would have been a perfect fit for Prairie Village.
"I don't see how the residents of Prairie Village can be so against it," she said. "I think it's unfair for people who live in this area and maybe would like to stay here once they are senior citizens. There are a lot of people who live in this area that are getting older, will be selling their homes and need some place close to go and they're used to the area."
The Tutera Development Group does own the property, so many Prairie Village residents are wondering what is next.