Mission Gateway developer says it’s signed entertainment tenant; winter weather hampers construction

February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

The site of the Mission Gateway mixed-used development at Johnson Drive and Roe hasn’t had much construction activity in the past few weeks — and it’s raised some questions from Mission residents.

Developers say the lack of activity has been on account of the cold as well as the ice and snow from winter storms. Besides that, GFI, the development partner working with Cameron Group LLC lead Tom Valenti on the project, has two other major projects in the Kansas City area and only has so much personnel to go around.

However, Andy Ashwal with GFI said the project is actually ahead of construction schedule, even though they’ve only had seven to 10 productive work days in the past six weeks. GFI has employed staff to make the most out each of those work days in order to stay on track and exceed the schedule.

But what’s more “exciting” for the development as a whole is the developers in early December signed on a 90,000-square-foot retail entertainment tenant, which will go alongside the 40,000-square-foot food hall that will be curated by chef Tom Colicchio. The new developments have “caused us to shift the business plan.” Ashwal said the developers plan to speed up construction to match the needs of the entertainment tenant.

“Instead of the phased approach that we had before, which impacted how we go ahead and capitalize the project, we had to shift that so we could capitalize the entire project so it can be built, essentially, simultaneously all at once with design and flowing right into construction for the entire project,” Ashwal said.

Valenti said the name of that tenant will be announced “soon,” which could mean the next month.

Meanwhile, the developers also signed on with Mission Capital to represent the developers and capitalize the project.

“We’ve got to have plans done for all of these components in order to get our financing, so we are really focusing on the plans more so now than we are on the construction,” Valenti said. “We’re way ahead on schedule on the construction, and the construction can wait for a period of time while we get this all moving forward.”

Ashwal said developers expect to complete construction and fully activate the site in the first half of 2021. The last piece of the development to be completed will be the 200-key hotel component.

Additionally, the following components will come into place:

    • 7

5,000-square-foot office building to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2020

  • 169 apartments and 50,000-square-feet of small shop retail below them will be ready in summer 2020
  • Plans for a parking structure are also in the works. Construction for the 90,000-square-foot retail tenant in summer 2020


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