People have been waiting for something to take the place of the old Mission Mall, a project many years in the making. Now, that may one step closer to fruition.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting, developers gave Mission residents a firsthand look at the latest project they want to grace the intersection of Roe Avenue and Johnson Drive.
"We are obviously spending a lot of money. We're getting down to the short strokes. We've got some more money to spend to get to our final plan," said Tom Valenti, developer of the Mission Gateway project.
The plan was modified from the last proposals submitted in January.
An aquarium once touted as a tourist attraction is no longer on the table, but developers have added additional restaurant and retail space anchored by Walmart and increased the square footage to more than 390,000 from about 376,000.
"I'm here to stand before you and say I'm very excited about the Gateway. I'm more than pleased that Walmart could be included," said John Arnett, of Mission.
After a ringing endorsement and a presentation by an architect of the project, city council gave the go ahead, pacing the way for development to proceed.
The debate over what to do with the land began seven years ago.
The Mission Mall had been open since 1956, but in 2005 it was sold. The mall was demolished in 2006, but the land has sat vacant since.
There is still no official completion date set.
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