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!!!
Now…. Let’s keep moving forward!
NE KC Chamber of Commerce
When: Tue, April 23, 11:45am – 1:00pm
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.
Channel 41 put us on the air Tuesday October 9, 2012 Check out this link. We want to thank AJ’s Bar at 2618 Independence Ave and Glidden Professional for a fun and informative evening.
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.
Contact Jon Henderson UMB Bank, 6400 Independence Ave. Jon.Henderson@umb.com 816-245-8529