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Another set back for Mission Gateway project as Walmart backs out in Mission

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The barren site at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive will continue to remain without development after Walmart pulled out of the Mission Gateway project. (KCTV5) The barren site at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive will continue to remain without development after Walmart pulled out of the Mission Gateway project. (KCTV5)
The barren site at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive will continue to remain without development after Walmart pulled out of the Mission Gateway project. (KCTV5) The barren site at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive will continue to remain without development after Walmart pulled out of the Mission Gateway project. (KCTV5)
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The barren site at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive will continue to remain without development after Walmart pulled out of the Mission Gateway project.

Mission residents want development in that area, including new arrivals.

“We go on walks all the time and walk past (the lot) every night and it’s just kind of ugly,” said Mission resident Margie Carmody. “Kind of shocking that nothing’s there yet.”

Miranda Fields also recently moved there.

“I think it’s pretty bare and it’s just not very appealing,” she said.

Both residents want something in that area that fits their lifestyle, but a lot of residents have been against the big box store being built on the 16-acre from the start.

In 2004, people crowded the Mission City Hall over rumors of a Walmart coming to the spot before Mission Mall even met the wrecking ball.

Over the years, the New York developer who bought the plot presented one proposal after another for mixed-use development.

One year, there was talk of a massive aquarium in the mix, but the group needed a retail anchor.

Walmart kept coming up, with resistance so strong it became a good way to win or lose a council seat.

“There were a number of candidates that ran for office on a platform of not having a Walmart,” said Brian Scott, the Mission Assistant City Administrator.

In 2016, the Mission Planning Commission supported a variation of the plan that involved apartments above the Walmart. The Mission City Council voted no.

Tom Valenti, the developer of the project, said while Walmart is out, the plan will continue.

"We will replace Walmart with three smaller retailers," wrote Tom Valenti. "All other aspects of the project will remain the same, which includes retail, restaurants, Aloft Hotel and apartments."

Valenti has not hinted yet of who the smaller retailers could be.

Scott said Valenti is very committed to the project. 

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