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Q&A: Apartments in Mission

Click the link to read answers to your questions about why Mission and the greater metropolitan region has seen a recent increase in multifamily development proposals.

If you have more questions, contact Karie Kneller, Mission’s City Planner, at


Current Projects

Project updates on private developments under construction or in the planning phase are provided below. Learn more about the development process and opportunities for public comment here. You can find the calendar for regularly scheduled Planning Commission and City Council meetings here. The public is welcome to attend.

Nelson Wastewater Treatment Facility

The Nelson Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF), also referred to as the Nelson Complex, was constructed in phases, beginning in the 1940s, to address the needs of the growing community.

The Nelson WWTF is located in the northeastern corner of the City of Mission with Roeland Park to the east and Wyandotte County to the north. The Nelson WWTF serves two main tributary basins in northeast Johnson County – containing all or part of the cities of Fairway, Merriam, Mission, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, and Shawnee. (view map of service area)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) are requiring stricter discharge limits for constituents such as ammonia, nitrogen, and phosphorus. The treatment technology currently in place at the Nelson WWTF is not capable of meeting these stricter future water quality standards.

The collection system was also sized and constructed with materials and technologies that are now outdated. As a result, it can experience issues during wet weather events. In addition, the system contains four satellite peak excess flow treatment facilities (PEFTFs), which discharge directly to adjacent waterways during significant wet weather events after primary treatment and disinfection.

In 2018, Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) commissioned engineering and environmental services company HDR, in association with CH2M and WCS, to determine the optimum solution to these issues and develop a long-term capital improvement plan for the Nelson service area. The plan recommended a new Nelson WWTF to address the issues of the aging facility and regulatory obligations.  The plan is also flexible to allow for the collection system issues to be mitigated over a 25-year period.

A Public Open House was held at the facility on October 6th.  The Preliminary Development Plan, Preliminary Plat, and Special Use Permit applications will be heard by the Planning Commission on November 28th. This page will be updated when new information is available.

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Mission Vale

The Mission Vale Townhome Project, located at 58th Terrace and Nall Avenue, is a two-story, traditional residential design that consists of 17 units with 1 or 2 private garages each. The buildings are set back from the street with a front porch for each unit and a common lawn. The development will be attractive to renters that traditionally might have owned a home, but may prefer a maintenance-provided lifestyle. The location is a block from the downtown Johnson Drive shops and restaurants and within a 1/4 mile of the transit station. Units will rent for the median range per square foot.

A neighborhood meeting was held at Powell Community Center on July 13th from 6-8PM.  The Preliminary Development Plan, Preliminary Plat, and Rezoning applications was approved by the Planning Commission on September 26th. The project will be considered by the City Council on October 26th. This page will be updated when new information is available.

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The big biscuit

The Big Biscuit is slated to open another location in Mission at the former Don Chilitos – 6909 Johnson Drive. The franchise has submitted plans that include improvements to the exterior, interior, and the site. The project is scheduled for the October 24th Planning Commission. 

Plans include an outdoor patio, new landscaping, and an updated interior and exterior of the building. 

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  “Nall58” multi-family development

Moffit Development Co., Inc. submitted a Plan for a 77-unit multi-family development in Mission’s Downtown Neighborhood District at 58th and Nall Avenue. Units consist of studio, one- and two-bedrooms with tuck-under parking mid-block. The new development would be within 1/4 mile of the transit station near East Gateway on Johnson Drive, and steps away from shops and restaurants.

Amenities include:

  • on-site leasing and management
  • secured entrances
  • professionally designed interiors
  • fitness center
  • bike storage and repair
  • in-unit washer/dryer
  • private patios/balconies for one- and two-bedroom units

A neighborhood meeting was held on May 9th at 6:30PM at the Powell Community Center. See the slides presented at the meeting here.

The Planning Commission considered and approved the Preliminary Development Plan and Rezoning Application at the May 23rd Planning Commission Meeting. The City Council approved these items at the June 15 City Council meeting. The Planning Commission approved the Final Development Plan on August 22nd. You can see a PowerPoint Presentation of the project HERE.

More information about the project timeline will be provided here as it becomes available.

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Foxridge Multi-family development

BK Properties, LLC submitted a Preliminary Development Plan for a 307-unit multi-family development on the site of the former JC Penney Call Center at 56th Street and Foxridge Drive, which has been vacant for more than a decade. The new building would consist of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units that front Foxridge Drive, 56th Street, and Broadmoor Street, with a large interior courtyard over a parking garage podium. The proposed structure is four-five stories with a west-facing clubhouse.

Amenities include:

  • swimming pool
  • pickleball court
  • bocce ball court
  • BBQ grill
  • fire pit
  • bike storage and repair
  • new sidewalks and crosswalk on Broadmoor
  • accommodations for electric vehicles

A neighborhood meeting was held on April 26th at 6:30 PM at the Powell Community Center. See the presentation

The project proposal was heard by the Planning Commission at its July 25th meeting and received unanimous approval. The City Council approved the preliminary plan on September 21st.

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Rushton elementary Redevelopment

The Shawnee Mission School District plans to redevelop Rushton Elementary at 6001 W. 52nd Street with a new facility and site improvements beginning in 2023. There have been several meetings between designers and stakeholders since 2021 when the concept was first proposed. Incite Design Studio, based in Kansas City, provided Staff with initial renderings in April 2022.

There was an open house scheduled for July 6th between 4-6PM at Rushton Elementary. The public was invited to attend.

Project details include:

  • New parking and traffic circulation
  • Redesigned building and site articulation
  • Additional classrooms
  • New walking paths and pedestrian connections
  • Outdoor classroom
  • New playgrounds
  • Proposed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification

The Planning Commission heard the Preliminary Development Plan at its July 25th meeting and recommended approval to the City Council. The City Council approved the Plan at its August 17th meeting. The Planning Commission will hear the Final Development Plan at its October 24th meeting.

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 “Mission preserve”

Stride DevCo, LLC, a developer based in the Boulder, CO area, submitted plans for a multi-family project on the undeveloped land at 51st and Riggs Road. The development is age-restricted for independent adults aged 55 and older. The proposed development includes:

  • 132 market-rate rental units: 112 two-bedroom units and 20 one-bedroom units
  • Two four-story residential building wings and a one-story clubhouse with conference rooms, demonstration kitchen, banquet hall, library and media center, fitness rooms and equipment
  • Preservation of trees and existing topography to the extent possible during construction; additional trees and landscaping will be planted during the final stage, including evergreens to screen the development from nearby residential properties on Riggs Road
  • Private pool, hot tub, community garden, pickleball court, dog park, walking trail, outdoor grills, fire pit
  • Pedestrian sidewalk connection along 51st Street to Foxridge Drive
  • Primary access on 51st Street with secondary access on the west from Foxridge Drive

The City Council approved the preliminary plan on March 9th.

The Planning Commission approved the Final Development Plan on September 21st.

The applicant will submit construction drawings for review before construction permits are issued. This page will be updated when new information is available.

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“Mission Bowl”

Demolition has been completed on the former Mission Bowl property and construction has begun. Watch a short video below of the progress as of August 2022, and watch for more updates as construction continues!

The Sunflower Development Group presented updates at the February 2, 2022 Finance and Administration Committee meeting. You can watch the presentation here (1:02:40) and read the packet materials here (pdf page 40).

The property at 5399 Martway Street includes:

  • Ground floor uses fronting Martway Street include live-work units, lobby and leasing office, a screened parking garage, and parks.
  • Approximately 164 apartments on floors two through five.
  • The apartments will be a mix of two-bedroom, one-bedroom, and studio units.
  • Various resident amenities including theater room, fitness area, and clubhouse will also be located on these floors. And, a rooftop pool and patio is included on the fifth floor toward the back of the building.
  • A linear park experience along the existing Rock Creek Trail by adding trees, landscaping and pedestrian amenities where none currently exist.
  • A pocket fitness park and a small pocket dog park on the west side of the building.
  • Garage parking on the first floor of the building, and a surface parking lot behind the building.

The Planning Commission approved this project on August 24, 2020. Read the Planning Commission report (PDF page 9). On September 16, 2020 the City Council passed Ordinance 1522, approving a preliminary development plan with conditions for the construction of a Class A, five-story apartment building on the 3.17 acre lot located at 5399 Martway Street. A final development plan was approved in 2021 and construction began in May 2022.

In association with tax increment financing (TIF) approvals at the December 16, 2020 City Council meeting, the apartment complex will dedicate 20% of its units to affordable housing serving households with incomes at 60% of area median income (AMI). The building will also be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified. View the packet and video from the 12-16-20 City Council meeting.

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Gateway Development Rendering

Please view an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Gateway development here.

Recent Project Timeline:

Fifth Amended TIF Redevelopment Project Plan Details

The Fifth Amended TIF Redevelopment Project Plan (the “Plan”) proposes a mixed-use center consisting of approximately 139,752 square feet of small shop retail, restaurants, and entertainment space, an approximately 100,000 square foot office or medical facility, an approximately 202 room hotel, and approximately 373 market-rate multi-family residential units, as well as a parking garage and associated infrastructure.

The developer anticipates that the project will be constructed in two (2) phases:

  • Phase 1: Proposed to include: (i) construction of approximately 49,752 square feet of “small-shop” commercial or restaurant uses; (ii) construction of an approximately 90,000 square foot entertainment space; (iii) construction of approximately 373 apartment units; (iv) construction of related site work; (v) construction of surface parking sufficient for such uses pursuant to the City’s applicable ordinances; and (vi) construction of a parking garage serving the entirety of the project.
  • Phase 2: Proposed to include: (i) construction of an approximately 202-room hotel and (ii) construction of an approximately 100,000 square foot office or medical facility.

The table below highlights the changes from the 2019 Plan:

Project Component 2019 Plan 2022 Plan
Retail/commercial (sq. ft.) 195,094 139,752
Residential Units 168 373
Hotel (rooms) 202 202
Office/Medical (sq. ft.) 75,000 100,000
Parking Structure (surface and structured stalls) 1457 1457

Meeting Notification List

If you are interested in receiving an email with information about these meetings, please contact City Clerk Robyn Fulks at and ask to be on the “Gateway Meeting Distribution List” or complete the form below.

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Planning sustainable places funding approved!

The Mid-America Regional Council recently conducted a call for projects for funding from MARC’s Planning Sustainable Places program. Staff submitted a proposal for a project development grant for Mission:

Rock Creek Corridor Improvements: Downtown Center to East Gateway

The public was invited to comment and leave feedback for the review committee at MARC as they chose which recipients would receive funding. See comments and read about the proposal at the link above. 

Mission received full funding from MARC totaling $80,000 to support the project, and we look forward to working with Mission residents as we envision the future of the Rock Creek Corridor!


Read more about MARC’s PSP program here: Planning Sustainable Places | MARC

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Infrastructure Project Updates

For updates on public infrastructure projects, visit the Infrastructure Project Updates page.

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