A large crowd turned out tonight to discuss the future of the northeast area of Kansas City, Kansas.
The Northeast Master Plan meeting tonight was at Grant Elementary School, 1510 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas. An earlier meeting on the Northeast Master Plan took place this afternoon at Neff Packaging in the Fairfax area. This was the second series of community meetings on the master plan.
Information was presented about the finding of the first community meeting on the master plan held in October. Residents were asked for their opinions of what should happen in the future in the northeast area, what developments they would like, types of housing, and an overall vision for the plan. Residents of the area, at public hearings, have often expressed their desire to have a full-service grocery store in the northeast area. Early action projects are part of this master plan effort, also.
The boundaries of the area of the master plan are I-635 on the west, the Missouri River on the north and east, and State Avenue and Washington Boulevard on the south. According to information about the master plan, there will be at least two more community meetings before adoption. Strategies and concepts will be developed, then the master plan will be developed and refined before final plan adoption.
Some residents offered their comments tonight for the Wyandotte Daily.
“I’m just glad to see the number of people out to show their interest in this plan,” said Unified Government Commissioner Harold Johnson, who attended tonight’s meeting. He added a lot of community residents want to make sure it’s done right and improves the quality of life for residents.
“We need to have leaders, have more children here, more young adults and more active people in our community,” said Brandon Muhammad, a resident of Kansas City, Kansas.
Shirley Ikerd, a resident of Wyandotte County, wondered, “Why are we doing this when we have a new commissioner coming in, a new mayor?” She said she wondered if it would be better to have waited until they took office to discuss this issue.
Veda Monday, a former Kansas City, Kansas, councilwoman, was asked about her vision for the northeast area, and said, “I can’t articulate a grandiose vision yet, but I appreciate the collection of data from residents, and I trust the data collected will be evaluated and implementation will come forth.”
For more information about the Northeast Area Master Plan, visit the website, https://neamasterplan.com/.
Those who were not able to attend the master plan meetings may share their comments about the future of the northeast area at this website: https://neamasterplan.com/contact/.