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Mission Gateway development lands key financing

The developers of Mission Gateway have secured intermediate financing needed to get construction moving on all fronts of the long-awaited mixed-use project located at the site of the former Mission Center Mall.

GFI Development and The Cameron Group are eyeing 2021 for the project’s full completion, thanks to $20 million in fresh financing secured through Metropolitan Commercial Bank. The funds will allow construction to commence on the project’s 130,000-square foot entertainment portion by the end of April. Site preparation began for Mission Gateway’s three apartment-over-retail buildings last fall and those structures are on target for delivery by the end of 2020.

 “The financing we have secured and closed will allow us to continue to deliver what we promised,” Tom Valenti of The Cameron Group told MetroWire Media.

Mission Gateway’s entertainment area will include an unnamed anchor tenant who will operate a 90,000-square-foot entertainment complex to complement a 40,000-square-foot food hall from Chef Tom Colicchio’s Crafted Hospitality.

“We were out there looking for financing, and it is coming to us in two ways. We secured the first wave of financing done through Metropolitan Commercial Bank, our lending partner. And we continue to work with Mission Capital, our capital advisors throughout the process,” said Andy Ashwal of GFI Development.

In January, GFI and the Cameron Group announced they were seeking a finance partner and bumping up the construction timeline after landing the unnamed destination entertainment tenant.  

Mission Gateway snapshot:

-Colliers International will handle Mission Gateway’s office and retail leasing.

-Neighbors Construction is expected to complete the multifamily portion of the project in April 2020.

-Fogel-Anderson Construction Co. is serving as construction manager for the entire redevelopment project at Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway.

-El Dorado, Inc. designed the overall master plan. 

-NSPJ is architect of record for the Element by Westin hotel.

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With new tenants and timeline, Mission Gateway seeks financial partner

Mission Gateway has landed a 90,000-square foot destination entertainment tenant that “will be like nothing in the Kansas City market.” That’s the word from Tom Valenti of The Cameron Group, which is redeveloping the former Mission Center Mall site in partnership with GFI Development.

“The lease is signed. These are seasoned operators, with six units throughout the country, mostly in the south. They know what they are doing,” Valenti said of the unnamed tenant.

The concept will be an ideal complement to the 40,000-square foot food hall concept celebrity “Top Chef” Tom Colicchio is bringing to Mission Gateway and comes as plans for an Element by Westin hotel are being finalized.

“These new tenants have caused us to accelerate our business plan,” said Andy Ashwal of GFI Development. “We originally told the City (of Mission) we will build in phases, but we will now go ahead with the entire project.”

The new timeline also is accelerating the need for working capital.

“We just finished the offering memorandum to go out and raise money,” Valenti said. “We’ve hired Mission Capital to put together a capital stack that will add up to $140- $150 million for the entire project. That way we can move forward all at once.”

Mission Gateway’s first phase began last fall and includes 170 market-rate apartment units located above ground-floor retail in three buildings. Neighbors Construction is expected to complete the multifamily portion of the project in April 2020.

Fogel-Anderson Construction Co. is serving as construction manager for the entire redevelopment project at Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway.

El Dorado, Inc. designed the overall master plan. NSPJ is architect of record for the Element hotel.

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Fogel-Anderson will manage Mission Gateway construction project, timetable

Fogel-Anderson Construction Co. has been named Construction Manager for the long-awaited Mission Gateway redevelopment project at Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway, marking a departure from the typical General Contractor model.

“The complexities of Mission Gateway and our determination to use the best in class contractors led us to utilize a construction manager over a single prime general contractor,” said Tom Valenti of The Cameron Group, which is co-developing Mission Gateway with GFI Development Company. “We believe that Fogel-Anderson Construction, with their more than 100 years of experience in the Kansas City market, will enable us to deliver a development that residents of the area will be proud to live, work, play and stay in.”

Emery Sapp & Sons began site preparation in September, setting the stage for the first phase of construction that includes apartments, building pad sites and public road improvements. Future phases include a hotel, office building, 40,000-square foot food hall, and destination entertainment venue, all slated for delivery in 2021.

“Mission Gateway has a number of moving parts that are interrelated. Fogel-Anderson’s role as Construction Manager is to build and maintain the master budget, schedule, and plan the logistics of the entire development,” said Roger Summers, Fogel-Anderson vice president. “As construction ramps up on the separate buildings, our team will coordinate the activities of dozens of prime and subcontractors working on site.”

Neighbors Construction will serve as General Contractor for Mission Gateway’s first vertical construction, a multifamily-over-retail building adjacent to a parking garage. Located on the development’s north side along Shawnee Mission Parkway, the residential portion of the project is targeted for a spring 2020 completion.

Kansas City-based architecture design firm El Dorado, Inc. designed the overall master plan.

Fogel-Anderson celebrates 100 years

The year 1917 was a big one for Kansas City. A cub reporter named Ernest Hemingway began working at The Kansas City Star, Rockhurst College opened its doors, and Martin Fogel- along with sons Paul and Lyle- officially launched and incorporated Fogel Construction Company.

In 2015, Jolynne Bartolotta, Roger Summers, Brad Kaestner and Greg Harrelson teamed up to purchase the closely held firm. Since then, Fogel-Anderson Construction has grown from 18 employees to 27 and is involved in high-profile projects including Price Brothers’ 300-acre BluHawk Development in south Overland Park and the Paragon Star Soccer Village in Lee’s Summit.

MetroWireMedia recently sat down with two of the company’s four owners-- Jolynne Bartolotta and Roger Summers-- to discuss the firm’s history, evolution and future.

MWM:  Share with us how Fogel-Anderson has grown and evolved as a successful family-owned business for 100 years?

Roger:  In 1923, Paul Fogel hired OT Anderson, a 16-yr-old baseball player from the local Shrine semi-pro team. OT helped build the firm for several decades and in 1953 his son, Ted, joined the firm.  That same year OT and Ted acquired the Fogels’ interest and thus Fogel-Anderson Construction Co. was born.

In 1974, Ted’s stepson Phil Bartolotta joined the firm, eventually becoming a partner and president in 1997. As Phil looked for a succession plan that would protect the people, preserve the Fogel-Anderson name, and secure a place for his daughter, a new partnership was formed to acquire the company.

Today’s ownership includes Jolynne Bartolotta, Roger Summers, Brad Kaestner and Greg Harrelson. Brad’s expertise is in project management and operations, while Greg’s is estimating and pre-construction.   

MWM: Tell us more about the importance of the family leadership dynamic at Fogel-Anderson and how that played into the firm’s succession plan.

Jolynne: It has always been a family-owned business, even though the families have changed. My roots go back to my great-grandfather, OT Anderson, who joined the company in 1923. Phil (my father) led us though some tough times while wearing many hats. As we moved toward a succession plan, I knew I wasn’t going to assume all of the leadership roles that Phil had, so we worked toward a team approach of complementary partners.  

That said, it was easier for my dad to give me away on my wedding day than it was for him to sell this company.  

MWM: How did Fogel-Anderson manage to weather the 2008 recession?

Jolynne: Construction management work got us through the recession. We started that around 2004-05, because Phil saw the coming downturn of retail. In 2008, we went from a staff of 33 down to 11.  We also lost my grandfather, Ted Anderson, along with two other key people.

Roger: Coming out of the recession, school construction slowed down, so we jumped back into the vertical markets the firm established in the past including grocery stores, retail, churches, K-12 projects, office, and hospitality. From a business standpoint, we’ve been opportunistic in going where the market has taken us.

MWM: What have been some of your challenges over the years --and more recently with the current ownership --and how have you overcome them?

Roger: We recognized a few challenges when we got here. One was: how do you take a 100-year-old company and rebrand it to appeal to young people in order to fuel future growth? Recognizing where we are and the story we have to tell, we undertook a deliberate rebranding/remarketing exercise to figure out how to tell that story.

Jolynne: Some individuals weren’t ready to embrace technology and procedural changes, and some of those individuals had been part of leadership before the acquisition. It’s one of those things where you lead by example. Once Brad came aboard, he and I worked together to begin that effort. IPads started flying out the door. Training started happening. For a company that at one point in time had been ahead of its time in technology, we had fallen behind the times. But with the new ownership, Brad and his drive to bring that tech to the table really helped.

MWW: What is Fogel-Anderson’s approach to handling workforce challenges?

At one point, we had an aging workforce, but as we’ve grown we have brought in some Millennials and Gen X’ers. One of the fears (pre-2015) was, you bring in these Millennials, what will it do to the workforce? What we’ve found is that they’re working together. There’s a Baby Boomer working back there that knows it all; he’s been through it, and you can’t teach him new tricks. But you bring in this Millennial and put them side by side, and you see them learning from one another. You see that cross-mentorship and it’s been a real morale booster to watch everyone work together as a team rather than one-on-one.

MWM: Tell us about some of your current projects.

Roger: Probably the biggest project going on right now is the first phase of the BluHawk Development by Price Brothers in south Overland Park. It’s a 300-acre development; we’re doing the first phase of retail and a new grocery store right now.  

The Paragon Star Soccer Village complex will be big and exciting for Lee’s Summit. We have an ongoing relationship with the Grain Valley School District. We’re about to build another branch for Frontier Justice, the Lee’s Summit indoor shooting range, in KCK at The Legends.

MWM: What is on the horizon for Fogel-Anderson?

Roger: We take a long-term approach to what the company will be. We have a mindset that Fogel-Anderson will be a contractor in Kansas City long after we’ve passed it on to the next generation.

The way this opportunity came together, and really Phil’s role in structuring this so it could happen with the four of us, is very unique. It was a great opportunity that just doesn’t come around everyday.

Jolynne: The fact that we found the right fit for a leadership team and put together a structure that allowed me to be that fourth generation of ownership-- it’s quite amazing. I’m grateful to my dad for that. He could have sold out, he could have closed up shop, but he didn't because of what this company meant to him. And quite honestly, what it meant for my future. That was important to him as well.