INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The City Council tonight approved the creation of the Downtown Redevelopment Coordinating Committee. This committee will advise the Council on projects such as the City Hall Master Plan; downtown Farmer’s Market; Fairmount Neighborhood streetscape improvements; Englewood Arts District commercial redevelopment opportunities; streetscape improvements and trail connections for the Independence Square, Englewood Arts District and Maywood Business District; and 24 Highway Bridge Improvements. The committee will provide citizen oversight to ensure coordination, prioritization and funding of various projects and initiatives in downtown Independence.
“The 2016 Citizen Survey showed us there were clear opportunities for City leaders to help improve satisfaction around development west of Noland Road,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “The Survey also showed this City’s continued commitment to historic preservation, the Independence Square and the historic neighborhoods on our west side. We are looking at our downtown area as inclusive of all the unique assets in Western Independence including the Square, Englewood, Maywood and Fairmount but also embracing Noland Road, the Truman Library, and historic site as assets of downtown Independence. The Downtown Redevelopment Coordinating Committee will help us identify real ways to move the City forward as we implement ‘Independence for All’ and ‘Imagine Independence 2040’.”
The Committee’s purpose is to advance neighborhood stabilization and economic development in downtown Independence, which is bounded by Noland Road to the east, Lexington Avenue/Pacific Avenue to the south, Winner Road to the south and west; and 24 Highway to the north. It specifically includes the neighborhood and business districts of Englewood, Fairmount, Maywood and the Independence Square. However, the committee may make recommendations outside of the downtown area if those recommendations support the committee’s objectives.
District 2 Council Member Curt Dougherty was appointed to chair the committee and act as its liaison to the City Council.
“I look forward to working with residents appointed to this Committee,” Councilmember Curt Dougherty said. “The Downtown area is an important part of the City’s past and a vital part of our future. The decisions we make in the next year will have long-reaching impact and I know residents and this council are excited to see what that future will become.”
Residents who would like to be part of this ten-person committee may apply online at indep.us/boardscommissionsappform. Candidate qualities should include leadership, temperance, judgement and interest in Downtown Independence. At this time, those appointed to the committee will serve through September 30, 2018.