FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 4, 2018
Three public input sessions will be held this month to hear residents’ views about a proposed ordinance designed to revitalize Kansas City’s East Side.
Introduced by Councilman Scott Taylor, who chairs the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee, the “Revive the East Side Initiative” proposes a comprehensive package to help spur job creation, investment and economic activity on the east side of Kansas City. Ordinance 170962 emphasizes two areas: the urban core east of Troost Avenue and the Ruskin area of South Kansas City.
Through facilitated round-table discussions, residents’ input will be used to determine suggested changes for the proposed ordinance that would improve the East Side. Highlights include:
- Increasing capital investments in the urban core
- Creating manufacturing jobs through an economic growth fund to be used in the East Side Investment Zone
- Creating a local worker tax credit to encourage hiring workers from the East Side
- Attracting new developments through a proactive overlay plan
- Establishing a $10 million home improvement fund
- Establishing a neighborhood improvement umbrella group
- Developing a plan to protect long-time residents against gentrification
- Streamlining the application and development processes
- Creating a staff position at City Hall exclusively dedicated to East Side projects
- Increasing bulky pickup at the curb trash collection to decrease illegal dumping
Dates and locations of the public forums are:
- Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 – 10:30 a.m., Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose Center, 3200 Wayne Ave. (Multipurpose Room — #121)
- Monday, September 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Gregg-Klice Community Center, 1600 East 17th Terrace
- Monday, September 24 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Rd.
Light refreshments will be served at each event.
To register, contact Councilman Taylor’s executive aide Katrina Foster at 816-513-6523 or by email.