The City of Mission will consider a plan to redevelop a former JCPenney call center near Metcalf Avenue into a site for a new apartment building.

Located on five acres at 5665 Foxridge Drive, the proposed redevelopment project would include a five-story, market-priced, multi-family building with 300 units. Kansas City-based Block Real Estate Services is leading the project.

The project would feature a mix of one- and two-bedroom units as well as an outdoor pool and courtyard, fitness center and other amenities.

City staff noted that the proposal is similar to plans for The Locale at 6201 Johnson Drive and Mission Bowl Apartments at 5399 Martway Street, two other major apartment projects that have been built or proposed in Mission in recent years.

The mission is considering a pre-development agreement with Block Real Estate Services that includes the establishment of a $10,000 fund to reimburse the city for consulting services.

The city will formally consider the deal at an upcoming city council meeting.

Council debate

At a city council committee meeting last week, council members expressed interest in the redevelopment project.

Block’s Aaron Mesmer noted that it’s too early in the process to have design renderings, but plans for the project show the following amenities for the courtyard, which would serve as a gathering space for residents:

  • Clubhouse and fire pit
  • Spa
  • TV wall with fireplace
  • Petanque and pickleball courts
  • Cabins
  • Track
  • Grill structure covered with roof

Here is an aerial view of the site plans:

What’s on the site now

The one-story building currently on site was built in 1970 and was used as a call center for the credit department of clothing retailer JCPenney, according to city documents. It sat vacant for over a decade.

City staff said developers have received numerous requests to redevelop the site over the years.

Developers in 2017 had already received tax increment funding approvals for plans to turn the site into a memory care center and retirement community, according to city documents.

However, the developers abandoned this project to pursue development of the Meadowbrook site in Prairie Village.

City staff noted that the developers, doing business as BK Properties LLC, plan to seek tax increment funding to help pay for construction costs of the proposed apartment building. The city may consider a TIF application in the future.

The project will also require rezoning from industrial to residential.

City leaders asked project representatives to consider lowering the prices of some of the units to make them more affordable. Some council members also asked about incorporating sustainability into the design of the project, as well as improving the intersection at Metcalf and West 56th Street.

“I walk past this building almost every day and say, ‘Wow, I wish something was built there,’” council member Hillary Parker Thomas said. “So we’re excited about that prospect, but we also want to share some of our latest expectations from the conversation.”

A recording of the meeting is available on the city’s YouTube channel. The discussion begins at 38:55.