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  • 14 Feb 2018 12:03 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    City leaders on Friday will highlight the final chapter of a three-phase roadway improvement project in South KC when they break ground on the 135th Street Improvements GO KC project. This project includes upgrades to 135th Street from Highway 150 to Wornall Road. Sixth District Council members Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus will join other City leaders in front of Eagles Gymnastics at 209 W. 135th Street at 10:30 a.m. for the groundbreaking.

    In April 2017, Kansas City voters approved $800 million in bonds to fund a capital improvements program for streets, sidewalks, flood control and other infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. The third phase of the 135th Street improvements is among the first-year GO KC projects approved by City Council in June.

    This stretch of 135th Street has no sidewalks but that's about to change -- much to the delight of pedestrians who walk this route. Crews will construct a sidewalk on the south side of the road and an 8 feet wide multi-use trail on the north side. Roadway improvements include new pavement and widening, new curbs and waterline and storm drainage improvements.

    The previous phases of the project included upgraded 135th Street from Holmes Road to Wornall Road. The second phase of 135th Street improvements received a Cornerstone Award from the Economic Development Corporation.

    “Targeted infrastructure improvements like this improve streets, sidewalks, and trails but also spur significant investments from the private sector and small businesses which help generate more tax revenue for basic City services for all neighborhoods,” Councilman Taylor said.

    The City has a website dedicated to citywide GO KC improvements. For media inquiries, contact the Public Works Public Information Officer, Beth Breitenstein, at 816-513-2612.

  • 21 Dec 2017 10:04 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    McDonald’s is modernizing its fast-food restaurant concept throughout the nation, and the location at 13301 State Line Rd. is celebrating a new look, a new ordering system and in the near future, new menu options. At the grand reopening on Dec. 19, the first 100 customers (beginning at 8 a.m.) for both drive-thru and kiosk orders will win a free extra-value meal each week for a year. Egg McMuffins, McRibs and Quarter Pounders are $1.99 through the end of December.

    Part of the big change is a self-service system involving two double-sided kiosks with touch screens. These allow inside customers to place their own orders without waiting in line, although the walk-up counter will remain open. Also new is a section of the parking lot with geofencing. The orders from customers who have prepaid by phone will pop up on the restaurant’s screen when their cars come within 100 yards of the lot. If the customer chooses curbside delivery, an employee will then bring the orders to the cars parked in designated spots. The restaurant also is partnering with Uber Eats, a food service that delivers to your front door.

    “We want to make things more convenient for our customers, especially millennials who are used to doing everything online,” says Ty Yano, owner-operator of 13 McDonald’s restaurants in the area.

    Read the full story from the Martin City Telegraph

  • 15 Nov 2017 8:00 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    For more than 70 years, the approximately 300-acre Bannister Federal Complex, located in South Kansas City, has been a major employer and served the nation in support of national security and business administrative services. The two federal owners at Bannister are the DOE and the General Services Administration (GSA). Employees at the DOE-owned Kansas City Plant relocated eight miles south to the Kansas City National Security Campus in 2014 and GSA employees relocated to downtown offices in early 2015.

    Federal law prohibits the transfer of environmentally contaminated federal property without meeting rigorous regulatory oversight requirements, including securing the governor’s approval.

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) recently announced that Missouri Gov. Eric R. Greitens formally granted approval for the federal government to transfer excess federal property at the Bannister Federal Complex (Bannister) and NNSA finalized its Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement with Bannister Transformation and Redevelopment LLC (BT&D). 

    Both the Governor’s approval and the finalization of the Cooperative Agreement paves the way for NNSA to take the final step of transferring the property deed to the new property owner, currently scheduled in mid-November.

    BT&D has retained CenterPoint to serve as Project Manager for the demolition and remediation phase, which is expected to take up to six years. This approval allows for NNSA to transfer the title to BT&D, which will demolish obsolete facilities and environmentally restore the property in association with CenterPoint. 

    BT&D is independently owned and is wholly focused on the redevelopment of the property. BT&D notes that the property is ideally situated for future development of modern manufacturing and industrial buildings, but the final decision for use of the property will depend on customer requirements.

    View full press release from the National Nuclear Security Administration


  • 01 Nov 2017 10:38 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The public is invited to join Kingswood Senior Living for a ribbon-cutting ceremony November 14th, to celebrate their changes and additions. The festivities will be from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Kingswood Senior Living Community just celebrated its 35th anniversary this past July, and has recently completed a $34.7 million redesign and expansion.  New villas are being added to their expanded campus, apartments are being upgraded and nearly 50 units have been added to their assisted living, but their new focus is on education.

    Beginning in November, a quarterly education series will be offered to help people understand long-term care, what a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is and how they work. Please visit the Martin City Telegraph to read the full story and view photos of the property! 


  • 30 Oct 2017 10:00 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    We’re thrilled to introduce you to Tiffany Moore, the new Executive Director of the Martin City CID! Now the principal consultant and owner of Built Kansas City, LLC, her professional background is in the commercial design and construction industry, which includes positions at Burns & McDonnell and Honeywell. She is an experienced adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College, working in the Construction Management Technology department. 

    As the Executive Director, Moore will serve as the liaison on behalf of CID members to the City of KCMO and Jackson County on all Martin City infrastructure design and construction needs. She will also facilitate monthly board meetings and collaborate with the Martin City Business and Community Association (MCBCA) on district events.

    “Martin City has many successful projects under its belt, and I’m excited to work with the CID and the MCBCA to capitalize on what’s already taken place,” said Moore. Learn more about her on Martin City's blog


  • 11 Oct 2017 7:21 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The Kansas City Business Journal reports Oxford on the Blue - a property that sits between Prospect and I-435 in south KC - might be a potential Amazon site. The site offers more than 300 acres and is ready for construction. Whitney Kerr Sr., a senior vice president with Cushman & Wakefield’s Kansas City office, confirmed Oxford on the Blue is one of the choices being presented to Amazon.

    “It’s one of the best sites, if not the only site, that’s close in that can accommodate 8 million feet of space eventually with the ability to get 50,000 people in and out of there easily,” Kerr said. Amazon says the project would bring $50,000 jobs, and billions in investments.

    The rolling, wooded acreage is bracketed on the west by Interstate 49 and on the east by I-435, Kerr added. It’s also just a mile east of 85th Street and Prospect Ave., which is the end of the old Country Club trolley line right of way that has long been viewed as the best route for extending the city’s streetcar system south of the Country Club Plaza, he said.

    Oxford on the Blue is just one potential site. And it's already zoned for a project like this. Some of the infrastructure is already in place. Landing the Amazon project would transform this city's work force.

    "I think it will do a lot for the city, regardless of what site they might select if they come here," said Vickie Wolgast with the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. "Any city is going to have a challenge finding that many employees, but I know we've got the workforce here to make that happen." Full story from KMBC News



  • 22 Sep 2017 2:28 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, at a special outreach visit to Cornerstones of Care, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that the non-profit organization will be the next beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game. Hunt Family Foundation Vice President Lamar Hunt Jr., along with the Chiefs quarterbacks, were on hand to make the announcement.

    Recognized as the top philanthropic game of its type in the NFL, the Chiefs Charity Game continues a long-standing commitment of supporting the local community that was started by team founder Lamar Hunt more than three decades ago.

    In partnering with Cornerstones of Care, the Chiefs are reinforcing their dedication to uplifting children and families in crisis throughout the metro area by supporting safe healing environments that respect dignity and inclusion so children and families can experience more fulfilling and rewarding lives. Additionally, collaborations such as these strengthen the organization’s dedication to uniting the community by engaging its neighbors through charitable programming while putting an intense concentration on positively impacting youth.

    “On behalf of the entire Hunt family and the Chiefs organization, we are delighted to welcome Cornerstones of Care as the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game beginning next season,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Cornerstones of Care provides vital support and services to children and families who need it most in the Kansas City community. We hope our partnership will significantly enhance their efforts to promote safe and healthy families.”

    Cornerstones of Care, officially introduced in 1998, works with children, young adults and families to achieve safety and health through six key service areas: education, mental and behavioral health, foster care and adoption, youth support, family support and community trainings. The organization is dedicated to helping children and families wherever they are, whenever they need help. The trauma-informed Cornerstones of Care team provides services in homes and communities throughout the region. Last year alone, Cornerstones of Care partnered with 10,000 children and families in five states, including Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado and Illinois.

    “We are honored that the Kansas City Chiefs have selected Cornerstones of Care to be the beneficiary of the 2018 Chiefs Charity Game,” Cornerstones of Care President and CEO Denise Cross said. “Cornerstones of Care has a long legacy of partnering for safe and healthy communities and we look forward to our partnership with the Chiefs organization to amplify the needs of children and families in Kansas City.”

    Next summer marks the 34th edition of the annual Chiefs Charity Game. Since its inception in 1985, the Chiefs Charity Game has raised more than $13.3 million, with more than $6 million being raised in the last decade alone. The Children’s Place, the effort’s previous beneficiary, set a new Chiefs Charity Game record in each of its previous three years, raising $736,000 in 2015, $740,000 in 2016 and $845,000 in 2017 for a three-year total of more than $2.2 million.

    The Hunt Family Foundation, formerly the Chiefs Children’s Fund, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Hunt family in 1983 to support charitable agencies in the greater Kansas City community. Through philanthropy and community programs, the foundation provides vital assistance to more than 125 area charities each year and works to give back to a community that has given so much to the Kansas City Chiefs organization for more than five decades.


  • 23 Aug 2017 7:45 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    For more than 20 years, IEC has been a part of the small-business fabric that makes our city strong, and we’ve helped build a variety of residential and commercial projects throughout the metro that have improved and strengthened the area for all of us.

    We witnessed a lot of hometown pride when Burns & McDonnell first threw their hat in the ring for this new airport, but they really solidified their commitment to Kansas City when they put together this team of hometown contractors just weeks before submitting their official proposal to the City Council. We share Burns & McDonnell’s passion for our hometown, as they expressed in their proposal:

    “When we finish the work week, we won’t be on a plane back home because Kansas City is our home—we work and live here. This is not just a job for us … We have been here since the beginning, will be here when it is done and remain in the years to follow, using the new single-terminal airport every day.”

    Yes, we’re glad to be part of the team that may win a massive project. But the team approach really boils down to a good business decision for the city.

    Read the full story from Nilson Goes at InfiniteEnergyConstruction.com

  • 11 Aug 2017 12:15 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Community Assistance Council, a social services agency serving south Kansas City, has named Damion Alexander as its new executive director, effective Aug. 14.

    Alexander comes to CAC from City Union Mission, where he served as corporate relations manager. He previously served as a life transformation coach/facilitator atConnections to Success and was an instructor in the communications department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He also served as the first board chair for the local nonprofit KC Mothers in Charge.

    Alexander holds two bachelor’s degrees in communication studies and Spanish and a Master of Public Administration degree, all from UMKC. He received the Heartland Alliance’s “Poverty Fighter” Award in 2014.

    Alexander replaces former CAC executive director Carol Bird Owsley, who has served as interim executive director since April of this year.

    Community Assistance Council provides a food pantry, clothing closet, rent and utility assistance, help with medical prescriptions and case management for individuals and families in south Kansas City who are facing the challenges of poverty. CAC also provides the Meals On Wheels program for south Kansas City and offers the only food pantry in the metro area for those with food allergies.


  • 21 Jul 2017 7:40 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Renowned for engineering and land surveying since 1950, Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW) recently announced the promotion of Brian Johanning to president of the firm’s infrastructure and development businesses.

    Johanning joined SKW in January 2015 as the director of strategic growth and was quickly identified as a candidate for executive leadership. Since 2016, Johanning has served as the vice president of the infrastructure and development businesses where he has overseen the day-to-day management of SKW’s second largest operating group with offices in mid-Missouri, Tulsa, and the Kansas City metro.

    “Brian’s vision and enthusiasm for SKW’s future is reflected in the way he approaches every project and opportunity here,” SKW CEO Ron Petering said. “We’re excited to see this leadership transition come to a close and I am confident that this area of our business will thrive under Brian’s leadership.”

    Full story from Shafer, Kline & Warren

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