The Southwest Independence redevelopment area is bounded on the north by 23rd Street the east by Sterling Ave and the city limits to the west and south. Refer to map. These neighborhoods are predominantly characterized by an older housing stock (built between 1939 & 1959) with pockets of newer more expensive homes and a relatively high (70%) home owner occupancy rate. This older housing stock has proven to be affordable to residents earning between $42,225 and $49,795.
At the same time, the numbers of rentals have increased in recent years and parts of the area are suffering from a lack of reinvestment from homeowners, stagnant property values, and an increase in blighting conditions (i.e. deteriorating sidewalks and driveways, increased property maintenance violations, and crumbling infrastructure). These challenges are significant but can be addressed through quick action and implementation of programs like before negative outcomes are irreversible.
To that end the City Council did approve the creation of the Southwest Independence 353 Tax Abatement Program in December 2019 to address residential blight and spur reinvestment in these neighborhoods. The City Council is in the process of taking applications for Board of Director positions, with hopes of having the Board appointed by May of 2020. Once the Board is in place the final programmatic guidelines of Southwest 353 can be approved and active marketing of the program will begin.
In order to be eligible to serve as a board member, you must own real property within the district. This includes the Rockwood, Rock Creek, Rock Creek South, and Blue Ridge Blvd neighborhoods. Ideal candidates will have a background in banking, law, construction, economic development, real estate or other related fields. All interested parties are encouraged to apply. To do so, please download the application from the link below and return to the City Clerk’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Board of Directors applications will be accepted until April 30, 2020. For more information contact Patricia Robinson, 325-7426.
This program, started in 1996 and provided homeowners a chance to invest in home improvements and qualify for property tax abatement for a total of 25 years. The program closed in 2004 for new applicants. All projects were to be completed by December 2007. Five (5) year and inspections are ongoing. For more information contact Patricia Robinson, 325-7426.
The Fairmount-Carlisle 353 Redevelopment Plan is designed to increase commercial and residential development in Northwest Independence by allowing tax abatements for redeveloped property. The Fairmount-Carlisle 353 Tax Abatement area, which is comprised of the Fairmount and Carlisle neighborhoods and portions of the Mt. Washington and Bundschu neighborhoods, is located in northwest Independence. The area is bounded generally on the far west along Brookside Avenue; the north the City of Independence/Sugar Creek border, on the east side Forrest Ave (north of Truman Rd.), and Fuller Avenue (south of Truman Rd.), south side is the Kansas City Southern railroad. View the Plan Area Map to see if your property is located in the tax abatement area, Patricia Robinson, Tax Abatement Administrator, 325-7426, email@example.com, for more information. The program closed in 2017 for new applicants.
The development area is generally bounded on the east by Ditzler Avenue and is located north and west of Mt. Washington Cemetery to the Independence city limits. Refer to the map.
The St. Clair Park Redevelopment Plan was established to facilitate the structural and economic revitalization of the Harrison and Mt. Washington neighborhoods to promote a high quality of life for all residents across Independence. In cooperative partnership with citizens and community organizations, the Plan is designed to stimulate the redevelopment of current housing and increase investment in new housing. The goal of revitalizing existing neighborhoods is essential in fostering a viable local economy, expanding the tax base, and supporting future redevelopment of existing business districts. The Plan permits property tax abatement for improved properties located within the revitalization area in accordance with state statutes. Property tax abatement of up to 100% on improvements is permitted for the first 10 years, followed by up to 50% abatement for the following 15 years. The abatement process will be similar to the Tax Abatement Program currently available in the Fairmount-Carlisle Redevelopment Area – Amendment 1.