The Independence Avenue Commercial Improvement District Public Hearings were held March 7. The City Council voted unanimously to move the process forward. Celebrations are in the future. We are going to celebrate the support that our community gave it all to the cause.
The CID Steering Committee and the NE KC Chamber of Commerce Board and Member did a fantastic job getting us to where the Indie Ave CID is at this moment!! Thank you, Thank you!!!
Mesob Pilkiz at 3405 Independence Ave. Across from Liberty Tax.
Three guests: Christine Kahm to discuss Business Facade loans for Independence Ave businesses through the CDE.
also two Ethnic Entrepreneurs. These are just two of our International Market Place businesses.
Ahmed Sabir – African Arts Artist and Fuday Karamara owner of Little Burma Grocery. Both will tell their stories. They should be very interesting.
Luncheon program and buffet is $15. at the door. Please RSVP Monday the 22nd.
Councilman Scott Wagner is a leader of a coalition of community and neighborhood activists working to improve and advance the historic northeast area of the city, primarily targeting the Independence Avenue corridor from Paseo east to I-435 and the neighborhoods adjacent to it.
“As a former neighborhood president in this area, I know the assets and opportunities in this community,” said Councilman Wagner. “With the right push it can be revitalized and become an example of the types of redevelopment that can happen in our urban core.”
The goal of the collaborative group is to stimulate investment, and retain and attract residents to the area. An ordinance, passed by the council last week, will provide $250,000 to assist the effort including:
completing blight and real estate studies;
adding to the city’s Justine PETERSEN Loan Loss Reserve Program for the area’s businesses;
helping residents and businesses repair properties; and
promoting homeownership and economic development to the 30,000 people in this area.
$50,000 of City funding is providing the local match required to leverage a potential $150,000 grant from the Mid-America Regional Council through its Planning Sustainable Places Initiative.
This city funding is being made possible as a result of one-time revenue source received in connection with the redemption of bonds related to the Century Towers Redevelopment Project, a prior redevelopment in the historic northeast.
An application has been made to form a Community Improvement District. Your property is included in the Community Improvement District boundaries. You should expect enhanced environmental improvements, increased marketing and economic development efforts.
Authorized by Missouri law, CID’s allow property owners to tax themselves in order to supplement city-provided services such as security and maintaining public areas. Additionally, they can help make the existing city services work better, and bring the city’s attention to their obligations.
Recent surveys of Indep. Ave. property owners express that they wish to see money from these assessments go to security, cleanliness, maintenance, streetscape, capital improvements and marketing and economic development. A Steering Committee of property owners in the district will serve to represent all owners.
These districts require City Council approval and a CID financed by property taxes requires petition signatures of more that half of the affected property owners and more that half of the district’s total property valuation. Areas that have already formed a CID are Main Street Corridor, Zona Rosa, Martin City, River Market, Waldo, Downtown, Westport, West 39th Street, Brookside and the Airport.
1) Yes, to a Reduction in Crime – we welcome the addition of a Goodwill Ambassador team that will be our “eyes and ears on the street”. They will work hand-in-hand with local police to reduce crime in the CID District.
2) Yes, to Trash Pickup – to clean up trash in the CID District for the benefit of our local businesses and residents.
3) Yes, to Marketing Dollars – to help us market this great community to attract more business development and retain the businesses already here.
4) Yes, to New Jobs – for the workers from our area who will be employed by the CID as Goodwill Ambassadors and Maintenance Technicians.
5) Yes, to living in a Safer Community, Retaining Existing Businesses, and welcoming New Businesses that will be the result of the implementation of the CID in our community.
6) Yes, to the $300/parcel/per year billed to Property Owners that will create the new CID. This is a small, but vital investment in our community that will make it a better place to live, work, and attract new businesses!
7) Yes, to the 1% Sales Tax that will fund the CID going forward to provide these much needed services. This is a small, but vital investment in our community that will make it a better place to live, work, and attract new businesses!