Some of the main reasons the CID will help the Northeast community is to reduce crime and the perception of crime, said Baker-Hughes. In March, registered voters in the Northeast approved a one percent sales tax for starting up the CID, which will start in October.
During a March 7 public hearing, the Kansas City City Council spoke highly of the CID and was then approved by business owners. Support for the CID has come from the Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in the form of grants, totaling approximately $59,000 for a pilot CID on addressing problems related to litter removal and safety concerns.
Following support from the City Council and from LISC, the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce kicked off a community-wide clean-up and flower planting along Independence Avenue May 18. Next, the Chamber invited all community residents to the Celebration of the CID event June 7 in an effort to bring community leaders and residents together in support of the CID. The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) commissioned students of the Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) to study the Northeast for a year and design the vision for the future of Independence Avenue.