FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 19, 2018
The five-member board appointed to provide recommendations for spending millions of dollars being collected to spark redevelopment along the Prospect Avenue corridor is seeking a second round of proposals to review.
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on behalf of the Central City Economic Development Sales Tax Board, inviting proposers to submit plans to complete proposed projects if the requested funding is provided. This time around, priority is being given to commercial development and affordable residential development projects.
Proposals will be accepted through noon (12 p.m. CST) on Jan. 25, 2019. The form is in the RFP or can obtained from the 4th floor of City Hall.
In April 2017, Kansas City voters approved a citywide one-eighth-cent sales tax designated to support economic development in an area city officials have identified as needing a financial boost.
This tax will run for 10 years and is expected to generate about $10 million annually. Guidelines have been crafted to help shape the discussions and give residents and the board clearer direction for how the tax revenue can be used. The City Planning and Development Department has prepared a Central City Sales Tax District Databook, full of information about the demographics of the area, development trends and redevelopment opportunities.
The board, which meets regularly to gather public feedback, reviews and recommends proposals for the best ways to use tax receipts for economic development in the area bounded by Ninth Street on the north, Gregory Boulevard on the south, the Paseo on the west and Indiana Avenue on the east.
Last month, board members forwarded these projects to the City Council for consideration:
- Community Builders of Kansas City $627,785 — Renovation for Entrepreneur Space at 5008 Prospect
- Linwood Shopping Square $2,389,146 — Renovation Retail Shopping Center
- Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council $933,840 — Senior Cottages at 39th Street
- Emanuel Family & Child Development $725,000 — Construction of Child Care Center with Services
- National Assoc. of Construction Cooperatives $215,000 — Rehabilitation of Homes throughout the District
- MACPEN Enterprise $1,000,000 — Construction of Child Care Center with Services
- Neighbors United $205,951 — Rehabilitation of Homes for Disabled/Veterans