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.
, Kansas City
Confirmed SpeakerJeffrey Williams became the Director of City Planning and Development for Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) in March 2015 after joining the department in July 2013 as its Principal Assistant to the Planning Director. He has worked in the fields of urban design, historic preservation, and city planning at local and county government agencies for over 25 years. Prior to joining the KCMO City Planning and Development Department, Mr. Williams has served as the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the cities of Yonkers, New York and Mount Vernon, New York and was the Principal Historic Preservation Planner for Westchester County, New York. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree (with a focus on Art Education) from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
, 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.