PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. - Tuesday night, a controversial plan to build a senior living center in Prairie Village received the green light from the city's planning commission.
The decision was made at 11:30 p.m., after four hours of discussion in a room packed with more than 150 people.
Mission Chateau, the proposed senior living center, has been a subject of debate in Prairie Village for months.
Many homeowners put signs in their yard with bold font stating "No Massive Development at Mission Valley School Site" to protest the new development.
Although the planning commission decided to recommend Prairie Village Council move forward with the plans, many residents vowed they will continue to fight it.
The 358,000 square-foot facility will be built on the 18-acre lot where the abandoned Mission Valley Middle School stands. The school closed two years ago.
People living nearby the site expressed their outrage at the meeting, saying it is way too big for the lot.
The developer announced they have reduced the size of the project by 10 percent, but residents say that doesn't solve the problem.
"This project still is going to stick out like a sore thumb," John duggan, the attorney for Mission Valley Neighbors Association, told the crowd. It might be a nice project, and I think what they really need is about 40-50 acres to do what they want to do. You can't really do it on 18 acres."
The issue will be voted on by the full council on Sept. 3.
Those opposing the project are gathering signatures for a protest petition.
If successful, it will force a three-fourths vote of the city council to approve the special-use permit and allow the project to move forward.
If approved in September, it could take up to five years before construction begins on the development.