Membership changes effective January 2019

We are changing our membership policy to make things more convenient for you!

Beginning January 2019, new HPNA memberships will be up for renewal on January 1 of each calendar year. No more remembering dates or forgetting to renew! Pay your membership dues in January and enjoy the benefits the rest of the year.
NOTE: All membership renewals paid in October, November, and December 2018 will be treated as payments for 2019 membership. We hope this change makes it easier for you to keep track of your HPNA membership. If this presents a problem for you, please contact the HPNA Treasurer at treasurer@hydeparkkc.org.
Memberships are available to anyone 18 and older who resides or has a business in Hyde Park.

HPNA Annual Meeting and Elections Nov. 13

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, our annual meeting and elections will be moved up one week to Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7pm at Central Presbyterian (3501 Campbell).

All neighbors are invited to join in on this meeting! Neighborhood Association members will vote on candidates for open board positions as well as the 2019 HPNA budget. Members must be in good standing at least 30 days prior to the meeting to participate in the vote. The proposed budget and nomination committee’s recommended slate of candidates are included for your review below.

HPNA Board Elections

The nominating committee has recommended a slate of candidates to fill the open Board positions. Nominations may also be made from the floor.

Open positions and nominating committee recommendations:

  • President
    • Recommendation: Allan Halquist
  • 2nd Vice President
    • Recommendation: Troy Batson
  • Recording Secretary
    • Recommendation: Rosalyn Wilson
  • Historian
    • Recommendation: Patrick Alley
  • North Hyde Park Representative
    • No recommendation
  • Central Hyde Park Representative
    • Recomendation: Jerry Jones
  • South Hyde Park Representatives
    • Recommendation: Chris Koch

 

Proposed 2019 HPNA Budget

Proposed developments from Mac Properties

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) was formed to improve the quality of life of those living, working, or attending institutions within Hyde Park, and it is with that mission in mind that the Board has received input on the Mac Properties developments at Armour and Troost and at 520 E. Armour.
Allan Hallquist, HPNA president, formed a committee of neighbors to discuss the proposed development with Peter Cassel of Mac Properties. Allan has also met with Mac’s attorney, Charles Renner; representatives from the Troost Coalition and Center City Neighborhood Council; and discussed the project in a more casual context with many neighbors. In addition to these discussions, neighbors have given comments and concerns to other Board representatives. Allan has been most sensitive to the comments of homeowners in the 3400 and 3500 blocks of Locust, Cherry, Kenwood, Holmes, Charlotte, Campbell and Harrison and those who live along 36th street, as they will be impacted the most by Mac’s proposed development. Article IX, Section A of HPNA’s Bylaws states that the Association shall support compliance with current zoning ordinances unless the majority of Nearby Neighbors (those property owners whose property is located within 185 feet of the lot boundaries of the property in question) expressly disapprove.
At the HPNA meeting held on May 15, neighbors discussed the proposed development, and Allan heard a consensus saying that the development is desired, but to negotiate some reasonable changes, particularly with regard to the amount of off-street parking. With that in mind, and Charles Renner’s suggestion that Allan submit proposed changes to the plan, Allan wrote an email to Charles offering his understanding of what the majority of Hyde Parkers would support. This was meant to start a dialogue and negotiations to reach mutually acceptable compromise prior to the June 5 City Planning Commission meeting. This email reached some others, and concerns have been expressed regarding the email. The HPNA Board would like to make it clear that this email was not meant to slow down or stop the development, but was sent with careful consideration of the needs and desires of the neighbors most affected.
Those who are interested in learning more about the proposed development may attend a meeting with Mac Properties, the Troost Coalition, and other neighbors tonight, May 30, 7pm at Central Presbyterian Church (3501 Campbell).
As always, HPNA represents neighbors first and will continue to strive to preserve the unique community of our historic neighborhood.
Lydia DeMonte
Corresponding Secretary
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association

Hyde Park Neighborhood Yard Sale 2018

Saturday, June 9th 8AM – 3PM

It’s warming up again – and we know what that means… yard sales!! Participate in our great neighborhood event by hosting a garage or yard sale, walking the neighborhood to meet your neighbors, and scoring some great deals! The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association will be putting up yard signs, advertising, and create a map of HPNA association member sales. Volunteers are needed to help set out and pick up yard signs. Any neighborhood association members households who would like to be included on the map need to fill out this form here: https://goo.gl/forms/T7RvA90wCWm7XYse2

Questions? Contact Danica Lyons at spanica@gmail.com.

Traffic Calming/Complete Streets Project Updates in Hyde Park

Spring is finally here and the warmer weather means more people will be out and about: bicycle riding, walking, running, doing yard work, and playing at parks! Spring also marks project season for many long-awaited bike projects and pedestrian improvements in KCMO. These projects will not only expand KCMO’s growing bicycle network, but also provide broader benefits to our neighborhood such as: much needed traffic calming, pedestrian improvements, safer intersections, and overall improved access for bicycles and pedestrians. This blog post is brought to you by Maggie Priesmeyer Green, North Hyde Park Rep and Director of Programs at BikeWalkKC.

  • Armour Boulevard Road Diet: slated for early summer 2018 construction and late summer completion (Broadway to Paseo). It includes pedestrian improvements at intersections and crossing Armour and the City’s first protected bike lane. The link is to a news article that was published on in February 2018.
  • Bike parking ordinance: a new and improved ordinance went into effect in February, allowing anyone to complete a streamlined permit application process for $25 and no additional annual fees to install bike racks at their business/home. Previous permitting fees were $196 and required additional annual fees. BikeWalkKC’s blog shares more. 
  • Gillham Road Bike Corridor Study: the purpose of the Planning Sustainable Places project was to identify potential improvements for a bicycle corridor on Gillham Road (18th Street to Brush Creek). The City held a public meeting in January, in partnership with their consultant team and Mid-America Regional Council to gauge neighborhood input on potential bike lane designs. This project was a planning study and construction is not funded at this time. 
  • Charlotte/Holmes Complete Streets project: will provide bicycle access from E 25th Street to E 36th Street on both Charlotte Street and Holmes Streets. Currently, the city and consultant team are finalizing design options. You can access the bikeway design options online. The green circles on the map represent where neighbors and stakeholders gave positive feedback.
  • Midtown Complete Streets Plan: in addition to a Complete Streets ordinance passed in December 2017, the City and Mid-America Regional Council are working through a comprehensive Complete Streets plan for Midtown KCMO. The Midtown/Plaza Area Plan recommended further study and planning of several potential Complete Streets upgrades to improve safety, livability, and mobility including sections of: Broadway, Southwest Trafficway, 39th Street, and 43rd Street.
  • Bike Share Stations in Hyde Park:

Join us on the Hyde Park Community Bike ride on Saturday, May 12!

Helpful resources for staying up to date and becoming more involved:

 

 

Curious to learn more or chat about pedestrian and bicycle issues? Contact: Maggie Green, North Hyde Park Representative and Director of Programs at BikeWalkKC

Streetcar Funding Ballots

 

Many Hyde Parkers live in the Transportation Development District (TDD) for streetcar extension — for most of North, Central, and South Hyde park, the district line goes down the middle of Campbell street (those on the east side are not included), and south of 45th down the middle of Harrison. If you live in the TDD, you get to vote in the following elections:

 

 

PHASE 1 – VOTING TO CREATE THE TDD

Successfully completed!

PHASE 2 – ELECTING TDD DIRECTORS

Successfully completed!

PHASE 3 – VOTING TO FUND THE TDD

March 5 – Residents who live inside the boundaries of the TDD can begin applying to receive a ballot for the mail-in election.

April 3 – Applications for ballots to vote in the funding election are due by 5:00 pm.

May 1 – Ballots for the funding election are mailed to voters who requested them.

June 12 – Ballots for the funding election are due.

June 22 – Court certifies the election results.

In order to vote, you must request a ballot. Visit the ConnectKC website to request a ballot today.

Welcome to the new HydeParkKC.org!

Today marks the official launch of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association’s NEW website! When our website was first built in the early 2000s, it was a great tool for its time – loaded with information, much of which you can expect to be posted here in our “History” category (you’ll have to come back to read it!) However as the years have gone by, times have changed and we desperately needed an updated website that would be beautiful, easily navigable, and quickly updated by Board members.

Enter the Hyde Park Communications Committee, comprised of Board members Lydia DeMonte, Troy Batson, Chad Moore, and Clara Keller, as well as neighbors Stephanie Smith and Anthony Carver. Together we determined what exactly Hyde Park needed in a website, and put out an RFP. Ultimately we chose neighbors Dave Kimmis and Tom Free to design and build this beautiful website which you are looking at today!

Please take your time looking through our website, and check back with our blog often for updates. There are still updates to be made, and we are looking for additions to our Communications Committee to keep the website current and contribute content. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Lydia DeMonte at correspondingsecretary@hydeparkkc.org.

 

Thanks and I look forward to sharing our neighborhood with you!

 

Lydia DeMonte
Corresponding Secretary and Communications Committee Chair
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association