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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: 



Current Projects

Project updates on developments under construction or in the planning phase are provided below. Click on each listed project to find more information. Learn more about the development process and opportunities for public comment, and you can find the calendar for regularly scheduled Planning Commission and City Council meetings here. The public is welcome to attend and comment at all public meetings.

Plans Coming Up For Approval

When a developer wants to build or redevelop in Mission, they usually need to get approval for their project with the governing body. After they submit the preliminary plans to staff for review, the Planning Commission will hear their case and hold a vote to recommend approval to the City Council. If the City Council votes to approve the preliminary plans, the developer will submit final plans that go back to the Planning Commission to hold a final vote.

These are the plans that are currently in the review and approval process. Click below to read more:

Nelson Wastewater Treatment Facility

Popeye’s Redevelopment

Swig Soda Shop

Residence at Rock Creek: Phase II

Mohawk Park Phase II

Approved Plans Awaiting Construction

After Mission’s governing body approves the final plans for a project, construction plans are submitted to City Staff for detailed review. This process usually takes about a month, depending on project complexity. After the plans are approved and the permit for construction is issued, the project still may take weeks, months, or even years to break ground.

These are the plans that are awaiting construction. Click below to read more:

Water Works Park

Mission Vale


5665 Foxridge

Mission Preserve

Projects Under Construction

After a project receives a demolition and/or construction permit, you will see construction crews on the site soon after. Be sure to come back here often to find out what all the commotion is about! Click below to read more:

Azura Credit Union

Nelson Wastewater Treatment Facility

The Big Biscuit

Rushton Elementary

Residence at Rock Creek: Phase I

Gateway (on hold)

Special Projects

When we aren’t reviewing, approving, or permitting development projects, we are planning for the future! Find out what we are planning for and how you can get involved! Click below to read more:

Rock Creek Corridor Study

Citywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan – SOON!


Mission’s Current Developments A-Z

Azura Credit union


Azura Credit Union will be remodeling the former Runza site at 6751 Johnson Drive, which has been vacant for several years.

The project includes renovating the existing building and site improvements that will enhance walkability and connections on Johnson Drive, as well as landscaping and screening improvements.

The project was approved by the Planning Commission in November 2022, and the Development Review Committee is currently reviewing the project for permitting. Construction is expected to begin Summer/Fall of 2023.

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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 construction permitting plans that include improvements to the exterior, interior, and the site. The project was approved at the October 24th Planning Commission meeting, and construction has begun (See below)!

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

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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 received approval by the City Council and we are awaiting an application for construction permitting.

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Gateway Development Rendering

Recent Project Timeline:

Fifth Amended TIF Redevelopment Project Plan Details

The Fifth Amended TIF Redevelopment Project Plan (the “Plan”) approved January 2023, proposed 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.

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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 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 was approved by the City Council on October 26th.

    The Final Development Plan and Final Plat were approved by the Planning Commission at its February 27th meeting and the developer has submitted an application for a construction permit.

    This page will be updated when new information is available.

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    Mohawk Park – Phase II

    Mohawk Park Phase I construction is complete!

    Phase II includes a new trail, playground equipment, pickleball court, and on-street parking. The Planning Commission will consider Phase II improvements at its October 23rd meeting – this will be a public hearing.

    Here are a few current pictures of  the park:

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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.

    The project has received a construction permit and we are awaiting an updated timeline for work to begin.

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    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 were heard by the Planning Commission on November 28th. The City Council approved the project at its December 21st meeting. This page will be updated when new information is available.

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    Popeye’s Redevelopment

    A kitchen fire in January closed operations temporarily at the existing Popyeye’s location – 6821 Johnson Drive.

    Popeye’s will redevelop it’s current site with an updated look, pedestrian improvements, double drive-through lanes, and new landscaping.

    The Planning Commission recommended approval of the preliminary development plan to the City Council at its August public hearing. The City Council will consider the plan at its September 20th meeting.

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    Residence at Rock Creek

    Construction continues at the former Mission Bowl property, now known as The Residence at Rock Creek. The developer plans to build Phase II of the project next (see below for more)

    Here are a few shots on June 23rd of the progress:

    Here is a video as construction began in the winter of 2022:

    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.

    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.

    The project is slated for completion by early 2024.

    Phase II:

    The developer of Phase I submitted a development application for Phase II of a mixed-use structure with residential and a small retail component in the existing parking lot directly to the east. Residential use is for studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units with a 1,750 square foot retail location on the ground floor.

    The City Council approved the preliminary development plan at its August meeting. The final development plan will be considered by the Planning Commission for final approval at a date to be determined.

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    Rock Creek Corridor Study

    Click the image to get more information and see how you can get involved!

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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.

    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

    Demolition of the school is complete and construction is now underway! Here’s a quick update on progress so far:

    Take a look at this video of the groundbreaking ceremony:

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    Swig Soda Shop

    Landscape Plan with Parklet


    Swig is a soda shop franchise that has submitted a preliminary development plan for the property at 5959 Barkley. The plans include drive-through service and a walk-up window for ordering and pickup with outdoor seating and a parklet surrounded by trees and extensive landscaping. The applicant is including park benches, bike racks, and an EV charging station on site with pedestrian pathways throughout.

    The Planning Commission will consider final approval of the plans at its September 25th meeting.

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    Water Works Park

     Conceptual Design

    The City plans to improve Water Works Park at 53rd Street and Outlook. The preliminary plans detail trail expansion and redesign, new programming and equipment, lighting, restrooms, and a shelter, with additional features to upgrade the park and provide essential community gathering spaces.

    The project was approved by the Planning Commission during a public hearing on June 26th. The City Council will consider the plans at its July 19th meeting.

    Here are a few current pictures of  the park:

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