City of Independence, Missouri

Independence Awarded Funding by MARC

The City of Independence will receive $728,131 for two transportation enhancement projects. Independence will use $500,000 for the Delaware Historic Streetscape Restoration project and $228,131 for the Englewood Art District Streetscape Project.

The funds are part of $6.39 million in Transportation Enhancement Funds that were awarded January 25 to cities throughout the region by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Board of Directors. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will distribute the funds.

“Both projects were initially envisioned by the property owners in the neighborhood and shopping district but were too costly to carry out without financial assistance,” Community Development Director Jennifer Clark said. “So, in order to make the projects happen, the Community Development Department applied for the Transportation Enhancement matching grant on behalf of both groups.”

The design and bidding process for both projects will take most of 2011 and construction will begin in 2012.

Clark said the Delaware Historic Streetscape Restoration project includes the replacement of sidewalks, signage, utilities and road improvements. “The crossings will be improved and made ADA compliant, new curbs installed and the streets milled and repaved,” Clark said. “The electric lines will be moved underground but the cable and telephone lines will remain on poles.”

The first phase of the Delaware Streetscape is estimated to cost $884,055 and is a two-block project on Delaware Street between Truman Road and College Street.

The $349,818 local match is being shared by the Public Works, Water Pollution Control, Power and Light, and Tourism departments. The Midtown Truman Road Corridor Redevelopment Corporation and property owners will also participate in a Neighborhood Improvement District (NID) to assist in the project completion.

“This project, along with the expansion of the Harry S Truman District, a National Historic Landmark, will preserve and enhance the area as a tourist destination in an existing neighborhood,” Clark said.

Tim Groves, a Delaware Street resident and a member of the Heritage Commission, said “This is great news for the City of Independence and for the Truman neighborhood.

“Many people came together to make this happen…from the people in Truman's neighborhood, to City staff, to the National Park Service,” Groves said. “This project will help show the pride that we have for our neighborhood and for our City to the people visiting Truman's neighborhood and home.”

The $304,174 Englewood Art District Streetscape project includes widening of the sidewalks on the north side of Winner Road to 17 feet, the relocation of parking, improvement of transit bus stops and bicycle facilities, and corridor beautification.

This project, along with Arts District special purpose zoning classification, will preserve and enhance arts-related uses. Clark said the wider sidewalks will allow the placement of bistro tables and planters.

We are ecstatic to have one more component that moves Englewood to the walkable Arts and Entertainment District envisioned by the membership,” Monte Short, Arts District chair, said. “This project will create a healthy and safe pedestrian experience resulting in new opportunities for businesses, artists, entertainers and visitors. We are very fortunate to enjoy the collaborative work and support of our city’s staff with MARC and the Englewood Business Association.”

For more information, contact Clark at 816-325-7415 or jclark@indepmo.org.

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