KC Outlook present at May Board meeting

Dr. Faris Farassati and architect James Scott came before the Board and neighbors to present their proposed project, The KC Outlook, at the May board meeting. The printed materials provided can be viewed below.

 

 

Minutes from the meeting will be available at a later date.

Alhaven Development Meeting

On October 3, 2018, Missouri Housing Development Commission approved an allocation to fund Alhaven in the amount of $9,160,000.00. Alhaven will be located at 3116 Harrison, as part of the SAVE, Inc., campus. Alhaven will consist of 50 units of affordable housing, with 12 units dedicated to transition age youth. It is anticipated that SAVE, Inc., will break ground on Alhaven in May of 2019, with construction being complete by May of 2020.
SAVE, Inc. and their development partner, Vecino Group, will hold a public meeting to provide an overview of the project and answer questions from the community on January 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at SAVE, Inc.’s Silverleaf building, located at 911 East 31st Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Blaine Proctor, Chief Executive Officer of SAVE, Inc. at 816.531.8340 or bproctor@saveinckc.org.

Advisory: Parking/traffic impacts for Armour Blvd related to completion of bike lane project.

Starting the week of Monday, June 11th, parking and traffic impacts will occur on Armour Boulvard to make way for work related to the completion of the parking-protected bike lanes on Armour Boulevard. Crews will begin permanent striping activities from Broadway to Main and continue to work eastward. As a result, lane reduction and on street parking impacts will occur in block by block sections.

The City asks that the public obeys the “No Parking” signs that will be placed along the corridor in advance of the work. The work will be completed by July 30th.

We have appreciated your patience and understanding as crews waited for the new street surface to cure before permanently striping the roadway. The new road configuration includes bike lanes in both directions, on street parking lanes and one travel lane in each direction for motorists. The bike lane is located between the parking lane and curb and motorists should not park in the bike lane.

We appreciate your patience with this temporary inconvenience as we improve the roadway and make it safer for you and your neighbors!

To see a rendering of the new streetscape set up and for more information on the project, please visit kcmo.gov/bikekc.

KCMO City Council pushes for clean energy initiatives

Who needs the Paris Climate Agreement?

Kansas City, Missouri, is known for its green initiatives built into established programs to help produce a positive effect on the environment and maybe even the bottom line.This environmentally-conscious approach takes center stage during the Business Session on Thursday when the City Council receives a 26-page report highlighting measures to enhance this mission.

The “Feasibility of Clean Energy Initiatives” report was generated after councilmembers last August passed a resolution directing City Manager Troy Schulte to evaluate the implementation of certain methods to advance the City’s environmental goals related to the Paris Climate Agreement (known as the Renewable Energy Now Resolution).

The report contains information that was assembled over a seven-month period. It includes input received from local, state, regional and national sources who volunteered their time to participate in many discussions related to clean energy initiatives.

“The report on evaluating significant clean energy initiatives in Kansas City has positioned us to make major progress in achieving the goals in the City’s climate protection plan and in promoting social equity, environmental quality, and economic vitality for the benefit of all our residents,” said Councilmember Scott Taylor, one the resolution’s co-sponsors.

All of the initiatives are feasible, but some will require additional staff time and effort, with continued assistance from many of the sources that provided contributions to this evaluation, according to the report.

For more information on the report, contact Dennis Murphey at 816-513-3459.

Construction work on the Gillham Park Sprayground

Construction began yesterday on our new sprayground.  Neighborhood meetings were held in November 2015 to get input from the four GRIP (Gillham Road Improvement Project) neighborhoods. An online survey was made available to the neighborhoods at the same time.  Based on neighborhood input, the design consultant presented a conceptual design of the proposed sprayground at the January 2016 Hyde Park Neighborhood Association meeting.

The project received $100,000 PIAC funding in May 2016 for design work.  The design consultant prepared construction documents for the sprayground so it was ready to be built once adequate funding was made available.  In May 2017 the project received an additional $290,000 PIAC funding.  The final amount to begin construction, nearly $400,000, was donated by a local Kansas City family foundation who wishes to remain anonymous.

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Pickup

Donations collected by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City help fund local programs and services to support our mission to match children facing adversity in one-to-one life-changing friendships with adult mentors. With your help we can match more children in Kansas City, as well as give the donated items a new life outside of a landfill.

To schedule a donation pickup, click here. For more information on the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission, becoming a volunteer or donating financially, visit www.bbbskc.org.