Preliminary work has started at the $200 million Mission Gateway development in Mission, Kansas, but the city council there also approved a delay in tax incentives for the long-awaited project.
Crews will have install “footings and foundation” on the site by the end of October, according to Korb Maxwell, an attorney for the project’s developer. It’s the first sign of tangible progress toward redeveloping the 16-acre site, which has been vacant since 2005.
Per the development agreement, the New York-based Cameron Group must start work on the site by Oct. 31. The first phase of the three-phase project calls for 170 market-rate apartments with first-floor retail. The phase is pegged for completion in 2020.
But the Mission City Council on Monday also bumped back the start date for a 1-cent sales tax on retail purchases in the district. The tax, part of a community improvement district, was previously scheduled to start Jan. 1, 2019 and run for 22 years. Now, it will start July 1, 2020.
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