Armour Boulevard Reborn!
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The applicant will learn about the variety of economic development tools to assist in commercial development
The applicant will learn how to create a collaborative process with neighborhoods when proposing a large development in the urban core.
The applicant will learn how historic preservation is an integral part of housing and neighborhood rejuvenation.
Armour Boulevard one of Kansas City’s premier boulevards that has a mix of large multistory apartment buildings built between 1920 and 1960. It is surrounded by the Historic Hyde Park neighborhood with is a collection of upper and middle class housing building from 1890-1920. Like many suburbs after World War II, housing was converted to multifamily and property values fell. Kansas City established the Midtown TIF (Tax Increment Financing) in 1992 to create a retail development, which included a big box hardware store and discount club, along with smaller retail and restaurants and another retail development in the area. One of the key component, beside provide retail services to the surrounding neighborhood, was the creations of a fund to invest in single and multifamily housing. The Rehabilitation Assistance for Midtown Properties (RAMP) created small grants for single family homeowners to rehabilitate their homes. The Business Interruption Fund was also created to provide debt service for large project. This has led to over $100 million dollars to renovate the historic housing stock and over 1,200 new residents. Learn how a variety of economic incentives and neighborhood collaboration lead to the rejuvenation of this area.
, City of Kansas City, Missouri
, Kansas City
Confirmed SpeakerJeffrey Williams has been the Director of City Planning and Development for Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) since March 2015. He leads a 130-member staff that guides the physical development of Kansas City, which covers 319 square miles and has a population of over 480,000. The department handles two functions: Planning Services - managing development policy, conducting research, crafting the long-term vision of the City, and administering the City’s zoning and land use approval boards along with Development Services - Reviewing plans, issuing permits and code enforcement. Jeffrey has worked in the fields of urban design, historic preservation, and city planning for nearly 30 years, serving as the head of planning and development for the cities of Yonkers, NY and Mount Vernon, NY and was the Historic Preservation Planner for Westchester County, NY. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree (with Art Education focus) from Pratt Institute and has been an AICP since 1998. Jeffrey is originally from Yonkers, NY and has served as the Yonkers Historical Society president and the Yonkers Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education chairperson. Currently, he is a University of Missouri-Kansas City / Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design advisory board member.
, City of Kansas City
, Kansas City
Confirmed SpeakerBradley Wolf has been the City Historic Preservation Officer for the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Kansas City, Missouri since 2001, which is part of the City Planning and Development Department. In this capacity, he processes and reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for those properties listed on the Kansas City Register of Historic Places. He also works with the city departments to complete the Section 106 review requirements for federally funded. He works with planners on various historic preservation issues in the development process and implements the FOCUS Preservation Plan. He attended William Jewell College for undergraduate and Middle Tennessee State University for graduate work in Public History.
, Mac Properties
Confirmed SpeakerPeter Cassel is Mac Properties' Director of Community Development, working to improve MAC's neighborhoods and communities. He joined Mac in 2008 and manages the retail portfolio, supports the development of new projects and coordinates MAC's efforts with local leaders, public officials, and organization. Peter's background is affordable housing finance and business development. Peter earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, a Masters in Planning for University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College.