Business West is cooperating with the Unified Government and the Mid-America Regional Council in devising an overall plan for the State Avenue Corridor.
For the past several years, one of the main priorities of Business West has been developing a community improvement district along the State Avenue corridor from 64th to 94th streets, including 78th Street from State to Riverview avenues. The overall plan will complement what Business West is doing.
Details of the overall plan were explained at a recent meeting held at the offices of the Chamber of Commerce. The State Avenue plan is one of several such efforts that will include Shawnee-Mission Parkway and Metcalf Avenue in Johnson County, North Oak Trafficway in Clay County and Troost Avenue in Jackson County. A grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department is funding this overall plan that would create sustainable places.
The complete report for the overall State Avenue plan should be ready in a few weeks. In the meantime, we have looked at a couple of the proposals that have been suggested for the Business West area. The first suggestion would be to redevelop the area along State Avenue at 73rd Street where there are vacant properties including a former restaurant and auto dealership. The second location would be the northwest corner of 78th Street and State Avenue if it might become vacant.
The plan for both locations would be mixed use—a combination of retail and market-rate residential. This could be attractive for staff members of Kansas City Kansas Community College.
The overall plan would focus on three sustainability principles—economy, equity and environment. This, according to the plan, would promote stable neighborhoods.
Business West is moving into the final stages of creating its community improvement district. The three core goals of such a district would be appearance, security and marketing. A detailed master plan that would complement the overall master plans for State Avenue and the larger area of Kansas City, Kan., would also be developed.
The Unified Government, using federal, state and local funds, is working on a massive construction effort along State Avenue. Although this is an inconvenience for those that must travel it, we are assured that most of the work should be completed by the end of the year, subject to favorable weather conditions.
It only makes sense to have a complementary organization that will help assure the viability of the State Avenue corridor. That is why Business West is creating a benefit district.
Business West is involved in these very important efforts because it has 80 members who are very committed to this community. To learn how you can become a member of Business West and benefit from these efforts, telephone 913-766-4300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marisa Gray is the president of Business West.