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Old Posted Apr 21, 2014, 1:38 AM
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Originally Posted by guesswho View Post
Mission Gateway developer promises 'no more promises'

March 21, 2014

"After eight years of delays in attempting to develop the Mission Gateway project at Johnson Drive and Roe Avenue, developer Tom Valenti said he's not making any more promises.

But he's not giving up either, Valenti insisted during a breakfast meeting held Friday to update Mission residents on the Gateway and Johnson Drive reconstruction projects.

Valenti did say that a proposed 150,000-square-foot Walmart store, which replaced an aquarium as the project's anchor tenant in 2012, remained committed to the project and wasn't in jeopardy. But while he acknowledged that Walmart's lease could be voided if Gateway isn't developed by a certain date, Valenti would not say what that deadline is."
This development has become so incredibly disappointing. It should have been so special. Now it looks like nothing is going to happen at all. Maybe a Walmart and/ or a strip mall. It was of course supposed to be mixed-use and a destination site. The gateway to Mission.

This site is a great location to densify an inner ring suburb. To the west is the city and to the east is a great commercial street, as good of one we have in any of our inner ring suburbs. Johnson Drive almost feels like it's in the city. Creating a large mixed-use development on this site would do a lot toward connecting Mission to the city. It would work very well with any future rail lines we extend out to Johnson Drive.

(sigh) What a fail.
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