Kansas City Development at a Glance
There’s a lot happening right now in our wonderful city. Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s occurring, and different local developments, around you and your neighbors:
Industrial Park Expansion
Jackson County is experiencing some turmoil upon announcing that they’ll be rezoning hundreds of acres of rural land to make way for an expansion of its industrial park. Despite the resistance from residents, the construction of Logistics Park of Kansas City continues.
The City of Golden
As a response to the industrial park expansion moving forward, citizens continue to fight to preserve the rural areas and quiet ways of life in the form of creating a whole new city - the City of Golden. The Kansas City Star reports that forming a new city is a rare event in Kansas City, with only five new towns being incorporated since 1980. The populaces’ hope is that by incorporating a new town, it’ll create a space for them to have a voice in zoning and annexation decisions.
New Entertainment Spots for Berkley
Plans are proposed for a new boutique hotel, bar, and concert venue on the Berkley Riverfront. Other new additions to the riverfront include: apartments, streetcar stops, and a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. The volleyball league draws about 1,200 people each week so officials are hoping to capitalize on the momentum. Construction should begin summer of 2021.
Art Installations at KCI
While Kansas City’s new and improved airport still remains under construction, the first four public art installations were announced. After an international search for artists that resulted in interest from over 1,000 artists, four projects were selected. A kinetic sculpture will fill the ceiling space in the check-in hall, a glass installation will adorn the escalators over baggage claim, a fountain-inspired sculpture will live in Concourse A, and a ceiling installation will live in Concourse B.
Affordable Duplexes Coming to East Metro
The Community Builders of Kansas City took on a project to fix up 80 housing units on the east side to provide affordable housing to those making 60% of the area median income. Upgrades include new siding and roofing, fresh paint and new appliances, plus more. Plans for a clubhouse were drawn up to provide a community space for coworking, exercise, and recreation. The targeted end date is by 2023.