Troost Corridor Redevelopment and Implementation Plan

 

In 2013, Taliaferro & Browne, Inc., as part of a Joint Venture, completed a Redevelopment and Implementation Plan for Troost & Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. This plan provides a realistic, yet visionary and catalytic redevelopment plan for an important part of Kansas City, Missouri’s urban center. This project is part of the Creating Sustainable Places (CSP) Initiative, sponsored by Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The LCRA identified four primary redevelopment sites for the planning area bound by 45th Street on the north, Brush Creek and Volker Boulevard on the south, Campbell Street on the west and Paseo Boulevard on the east. The area is unique in its wealth of parks, boulevards and green space, the MAX Bus Rapid Transit line, proximity to both of the city’s major universities, the Country Club Plaza and the Brush Creek greenway amenities. The preliminary plan for the study area was developed through an intensive three-day

Charrette during which the Consultant Team worked closely with the Advisory Committee, key stakeholders, the community, and LCRA/City staff to articulate a vision for the area and develop and review development concepts for the four target sites identified by the LCRA. Based on the review, final plan recommendations were developed and an implementation strategy was formulated.

8 Action Steps were identified in the implementation strategy:

  1. 1. Utilize land banking mechanisms to pool public and civic funds and acquire strategic properties critical to achieving plan objectives.
  2. 2. Fully evaluate options for “closing the gaps” between private redevelopment capital estimates and projected market value.
  3. 3. Establish an on-going public-private management and implementation organization to be the protector and champion of the plan and of measures required for its implementation.
  4. 4. Formally adopt the redevelopment plan in its entirety as part of the newly updated Plaza/Midtown Area Plan and / or separately as the official plan of record for the area.
  5. 5. Complete the new proposed Troost Corridor Zoning Overlay with the recommendations from this plan determining the allowed land uses and development guidelines.
  6. 6. Prepare a capital improvements plan and program to anticipate and fund necessary public infrastructure on a timely basis - roads, water, sewers, parks, open space and trails, high speed communication, etc.
  7. 7. Take the redevelopment plan “on the road” to state and federal government representatives, legislative leaders, other appropriate Kansas City organizations, institutions, civic leaders, and neighborhood advocates.
  8. 8. Create a public relations and marketing program designed to attract private investors and development talent committed both to realizing the pland and, conversely, to resisting public and private actions and investments that are not compatible with the plan.