Core Design Development

Core Identity:

Core Design Development LLC (Core) was established in 2007 in conjunction with the creation and adoption of a Form Based Code for the City of Mission’s West Gateway district. Core serves as the Master Developer for the district on behalf of the City of Mission, Kansas.


Core History:

In 2006, the City of Mission, Kansas selected Gale Communities Inc. (GCI) to create a new Form Based Code for the West Gateway district. This new code places greater importance on the physical form of development and focusing attention on the creation of an interesting and inviting public realm. The goal is to create a flexible design program that attracts quality development and incrementally redevelops this district. This code is intended to shape new growth to create pedestrian-friendly places that provide a high quality of life for residents and the surrounding community.

While serving as the Planning Director for GCI, Chris Cline led a diverse team of professionals to create planning and development recommendations for a new pattern of development for the district. The scope of their work included reviewing existing and anticipated real estate market trends, understanding the condition of existing infrastructure systems serving the area, making recommendations for public infrastructure improvements, and engaging the surrounding community to better define the type of development and community improvements that should be considered for the future of the district.

In October 2007, the City of Mission formally adopted a Form Based Code to guide new development within the West Gateway district. Shortly thereafter, Core was formed as a spin-off firm led by Chris Cline, with the primary role of serving as Master Developer for Mission's West Gateway area.


Redevelopment Opportunities:

Located within the City of Mission, Kansas, the 130-acre West Gateway District offers exceptional redevelopment oppoprtunities in Kansas City's most progressive first-tier suburb. This district is adjacent to Mission's outstanding community center facility, five miles from the Country Club Plaza, and nine miles from Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A new Form Based Code guides redevelopment within the District and encourages higher densities and mixed-use development. Core is actively pursuing development partners that can assist in making the community's vision a reality.

Located along the heavily traveled Metcalf Avenue (36,100 VPD) and Johnson Drive corridors, the District is easily accessible from Interstate 35 to the north and Shawnee Mission Parkway to the south. Sites within the District are well-suited for a variety of development opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • Commercial
  • Retail
  • Office
  • Residential
  • Senior Housing
  • Mixed-Use


Core Contact:

To inquire about development opportunities or learn more about the planned redevelopment of Mission’s West Gateway area, please contact:

Wm. Christopher Cline, ASLA | 415 Delaware - Suite 400 | Kansas City, Missouri 64105 | P: 816.256.6658 | F: 816.531.7229 |