NEKC Renaissance takes another step

Northeast News
April 16, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – One more step has been taken to allow a renaissance in northeast Kansas City, Mo.

At last Thursday’s City Council meeting, the motion was passed approving the preliminary plat of Hardesty Renaissance on an 18-acre tract of land located south of Independence Avenue and east of Hardesty Avenue. The Hardesty Renaissance project plans to redevelop the former Hardesty Federal Complex site, 607 Hardesty Ave. According to its website, the plan is to revitalize the site, “creating new jobs and being one of the catalysts that helps Northeast Kansas City become a sustainable place.”

Built in 1940, the former federal building was purchased by the non-profit Hardesty Renaissance Economic Development Corporation in 2011. Since then, according to its website, the Hardesty Renaissance has developed relationships with communities, the local government, and organizations, while carefully researching potential development opportunities that could deliver the project’s vision.

Joe Rexwinkle, staff planner for the city’s planning and development, said the group is dividing the lot. They’re also seeking waivers for requirements on adjusting the street plan.

With the council’s approval, Hardesty Renaissance will renovate Building 11 and perform asbestos abatement. The renovation will create a workspace, exhibit area for attracting potential partners, tenants and operators, and a community meeting room. Jim Turner, director of the HREDC, said this is the final stages for the preliminary plat for the entire site.

“We reached a milestone recently by beginning the removal hardware materials from the buildings,” Turner said, adding they’ve been removing asbestos and lead paint.

Turner explained the conditions in the area, especially the size of the community, are what the parent organization, Asian Americans for Equality, were looking for. While building the contact base, Turner said the organizations have identified a number of gaps in the area where they could benefit, such as the Kansas City food systems.

“We plan to pursue those and build a business plan around it,” Turner said. “The site has to be cleaned up in the meantime. Right now, we’re working the local government while rehabing the building so we can soon start a program and go from there as the catalyst.”

Turned explained the project is still several years away from completion.

•The council unanimously approved authorizing and directing the issuance, sale and delivery of, no more than, $54 million of Water Revenue Bonds, Series 2014A, prescribing the form and details of such revenue bonds; authorizing certain actions and documents and prescribing other matters relating thereto.

•The council also approved the acceptance of a $22,500 grant from Jackson County, through its COMBAT, Anti-Violence Initiative, to provide funding to the City’s Aim4Peace Program, which supports projects with proven multi-disciplinary, community-based strategies to reduce violence.

Comments are closed.

  • Office Tower slated for Indep/Benton

    April 1st, 2016

    Northeast Ruse KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Officials with Cashphlash, an international payday lending agency, has expressed interest in constructing a […]

    Fire destroys pawn shop warehouse

    November 19th, 2014

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News Nov. 19, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Fire Department were called to an […]

    Neighborhood Advisory Council seeks candidates for 2015

    November 12th, 2014

    Northeast News November 12, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Advisory Council is seeking candidates for […]

    A new program coming to teach children music

    November 5th, 2014

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News November 5, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – An area community center is hoping to bring […]

    Hang out with runners along the Cliff Drive

    October 28th, 2014

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 29, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This weekend, runners are heading for the cliff. […]

  • Honor those who have passed with an event at the Kansas City Museum

    October 21st, 2014

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 22. 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City Museum wants to help you […]

    Par for the Concourse

    October 21st, 2014

      By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 22, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Saturday in the park, you’d think it […]

    Scarritt Homes Tour 2014

    October 21st, 2014

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News October 22, 2014 Along with the hundreds of volunteers who spent time building a playground, […]

    Showcasing culture

    October 21st, 2014

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News October 22, 2014 On Oct. 18, the Don Bosco English as a Second Language Center […]

    No reservoir-ations about park’s future

    October 21st, 2014

      By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 22, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – First, they took a look at Independence […]

  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    Northeast Farmer’s Market to open rain or shine this afternoon

    Northeast News May 26, 2016 Attention, Northeast residents: despite the weather, the Northeast Farmer’s Market will be open this afternoon […]

    KC Streetcar service back up and running after delay

    Northeast News May 25, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Smoke found near construction on Main Street just after 11:00 a.m. […]

    KCFD internal report on deadly fire yields 14 recommendations

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News May 25, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A 71-page report released by the Kansas City […]