MISSION, Kan. — There may be yet one more bump within the street for a Mission growth some fear won’t ever get completed.
Tom Valenti of New York’s Cameron Group, the Mission Gateway challenge’s developer, didn’t pay $365,000 in property taxes, based on Johnson County officers.
Mission Metropolis Council members have been made conscious of the delinquent taxes in late Could.
Ward 4 Councilwoman Sollie Flora stated this places Valenti at default of the event settlement with the town.
“You understand I believe at this level, the council it appears and positively the group have misplaced religion within the developer,” Flora stated. “I actually just like the mixed-use challenge that is been put collectively for the location so Ideally I would wish to see the developer promote it to another person who would get that challenge executed.”
The challenge’s web site guarantees an experiential vacation spot, together with meals, procuring, hospitality and leisure.
After years of gradual progress and a stall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, group members are bored with wanting on the challenge’s skeleton.
“It is hideous, the stairwell for the parking ramp that appears like you possibly can knock it over with a push,” Mission resident Cookie Cave stated.
Close by enterprise homeowners have grown annoyed with the challenge’s shaky street contemplating the financial potential for the realm.
Mike Alhmood, proprietor of Kinzi Mediterranean restaurant, stated if accomplished, the challenge would imply a lift in enterprise.
“The extra folks you may have round, the extra folks we’ve, we’ve a superb, good place right here, folks just like the meals, however it’s not a crowded space, you might want to entice folks,” Alhmood stated. “One thing needs to be executed about it.”
Flora stated council members usually get questions on why the Metropolis can’t flip the land right into a park or inexperienced area.
“It’s a personal growth, we won’t simply are available and take the challenge,” Flora stated.
The Metropolis has despatched a discover to Valenti. He has 60 days to pay with a purpose to get again into compliance with the event settlement.
The challenge’s development deadline is December 2021.
“We hope he’ll come again to Council earlier than then and provides us an replace and tell us if it should be executed by then or not, however the ball is of their court docket on that,” Flora stated.