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Latest phase of construction leads to more street closures

Posted September 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By JOE JAROSZ
Northeast News
September 10, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The streetcar construction continues to roll, this time with more congestion in the River Market area.

During the first week of September, lane closures began on Delaware Street entering and exiting the River Market, including the Delaware Avenue bridge over I-70. This phase includes prepping the tracks for the streetcar which will connect downtown Kansas City with the River Market. Crews will also start lining existing sewer pipe along Fourth Street and Grand Boulevard this week. While this process has a minimal impact on traffic, visitors to the River Market area may notice a chemical-like smell in the area of the work. This smell occurs when the pipe liner is curing and is not harmful to people or animals.

Private utility work will

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    KC East Patrol conducts prostitution sting

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    September 3, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Last Wednesday was not a good night if you were looking for a good time along the streets in the Northeast.

    The East Patrol Division of the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department conducted an undercover VICE sting operation along sections of Independence Avenue and along portions of Prospect Avenue. The division sent out women officers dressed as prostitutes as well as used undercover male officers to try and broker a deal with existing prostitutes along the streets.

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    More flavor with this year’s Taste and Tour

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    August 27, 2014

    NOTE: The date published in this week’s Northeast News for the Northeast Chamber’s Taste and Tour should be Saturday September 6th. The Northeast News regrets the error.

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Drive around the Northeast and you’ll notice some international flare with its restaurants.

    On the first Saturday of September, you’ll have a chance to taste the foods of many countries in one location.

    The third annual Northeast Kansas City International Taste and Tour takes places from 5

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    Homicides down and relations up in East Patrol

     

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    August 20, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – At this point last year, there were 31 homicides in the area monitored by the Kansas City Police Department’s East Patrol Division.

    As of Aug. 13, 2014, there have been only 15 homicides in East Patrol.

    The division and its work in the community is heading in the right direction. That’s according to Major Rick Smith and the statistical proof he provided to the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee last Wednesday as

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    Pho returns with a flourish.

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    August 13, 2014

    Spike and Jessie Nguyen are back at the corner of Independence Blvd. and The Paseo full time now with the second location of the Vietnamese-French Bistro concept restaurant i-Pho Tower. Nguyen, his wife Jessie and local dignitaries cut the ribbon this morning celebrating the grand opening of their second i-Pho Tower location. The menu is smaller but promises many of the same favorites including

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    More intimate space at Eleos

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    August 13, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – More space to relax in the Northeast.

    This past Friday, Eleos Coffee House, 3401 Independence Ave., opened its doors to its new, expanded seating area. The room, which has been under construction for several months, includes extra tables and chairs in a rustic decor with burlap sacks in lieu of drapes and curtains, a serving bar and more room for its coffee.

    Eleos knocked out an adjacent wall to the current space to

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    Streetcar maintenance facility underway in Columbus Park

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    August 6, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – More construction has begun near the City Market area.

    On July 24, the Kansas City Streetcar Constructors started construction work on the Singleton Vehicle Maintenance Facility. The facility is located in Columbus Park, at the intersection of Third and Holmes Street. The facility is named after E. Crichton “Kite” Singleton, a longtime public transit advocate.

    The cost of the two-story, 24,982-square-foot station is estimated at around $10 million. Meghan Jansen, a spokeswoman for

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    Closing the gates to clean up Cliff Drive?

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    August 6, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Is it time to close the gates of Cliff Drive?

    One member of the Cliff Drive Management Corridor Committee thinks it is time.

    Brett Shoffner, executive director for the committee, said the idea to close the four gates leading onto Cliff Drive has been discussed for years. This past June, the committee voted for a permanent closure of the gates. Now, the committee is asking Northeast residents to sign a petition supporting the

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    Council members learn about ways to better serve area homeless

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    August 6, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Area homeless organizations are working to better improve the care they offer to those in need. However, it’s not through the amenities offered, but through the data systems used.

    At last week’s Business Session meeting, Jason Bohn, systems change coordinator for Homelessness Task Force of Greater Kansas City, gave a presentation about the work being done by the task force to combat homelessness in and around Kansas City, Mo.

    The Homelessness Task Force

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