Mission Gateway developer needs tenant, more money

MISSION, Kan. - The Mission Gateway project developer said the $165 million endeavor will eventually start vertical construction but refused to offer a date, following years of delayed plans at the leveled site near Johnson Drive and Roe Avenue.

The mixed-use project will include a Walmart Supercenter and 330 high-end residential units, but after eight years of stalls in construction, developer Tom Valenti said he's not making any more predictions regarding construction or completion.

That’s news that baffles Mission business owners. Daniel Wissing owns KC Rental. His business is across the street from the construction site. He moved in about a year ago, anticipating more traffic because of the redevelopment.

"I figured it was a done deal when they started breaking ground. To hear that it's delayed even further and they're still looking for a tenant," Wissing said.

During a redevelopment breakfast Friday morning, Valenti informed city leaders and residents that he needs to sign a 60,000 square-foot tenant to operate above the proposed Walmart. The additional tenant will open the door to private financing.

Valenti, a principal with Syracuse, N.Y. based development firm Cameron Group LLC, said Walmart is committed to the project and isn't in jeopardy. He's still working towards a June 2015 deadline for Walmart but said the other retailers may open at a later date.

Despite all the challenges, Valenti remains confident the Mission Gateway enterprise will be completed and something the Mission community will enjoy for years to come.

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