Although not much movement has been visible lately at the Mission Gateway development site, the developer still hopes to start construction in mid-March. That was the message that Mission Mayor Laura McConwell delivered at a chamber of commerce lunch Thursday.
The mayor said that timeline was the word from developer Tom Valenti. A restaurant, bowling alley and entertainment concept that has been featured on the Gateway page of the Cameron Group, developers of the project, has created some discussion in Mission. However, the developer says Revolutions is not a signed tenant.
Cameron Group said they have been talking to Revolutions just as they have to a large number of potential tenants for the Gateway project. Revolutions has three locations in the eastern United States and uses the tag ‘Eat Drink Rock and Bowl.’ It has a number of games besides bowling.
Bill Nichols, a candidate for one of the Mission city council seats up for election this spring spoke at Wednesday’s council meeting, asking the city to “hold (the developer’s) feet to the fire.” Nichols also has been critical of the bowling concept on his Web site, especially because of its proximity to Mission Bowl on Martway.
After the groundbreaking this summer and grading of the site at Johnson Drive and Roe, little activity has taken place on the project. In December, the council was told that the original plans had been altered to include significantly more retail space and that higher value tenants were being recruited for the project. The city approved a public funding package in January 2013, but bonds have not been sold.