Kansas City set to invest another $10M in the Jazz District

Bill Grady
October 11, 2018 - 6:49 am

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Kansas City has launched a second phase of redevelopment for the Jazz District at 18th and Vine, leaving some people to ask, what's changed?

Since 1990 the city has spent more than $100 million to prop up the Jazz District, and there are still lots of vacant storefronts in that area. The new $10 million infusion of cash is designated to stabilize some of the aging structures, to purchase more signage and to create a retail plaze. A total of 15 projects are earmarked.

Live music venues do brisk business on the weekends, but Shareeka Byrd, co-owner of Bayou on the Vine, wants more foot traffic during the week.

"I'd like to see more things that actually attract customers throughout the weekdays," Byrd said. "When you go to the Plaza, they have stores there that are keeping them open -- Power and Light even has little retail shops where people can actually shop."

City Manager Troy Schulte urges patience. He says hundreds of millions of tax dollars have been spent downtown and that investment is paying off. Schulte believes the Crossroads expands to the East, the city will see a healthy retail and entertainment corridor taking in a long stretch of 18th Street.

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