Now there are good reports in the news. If they come to fruition, they will eventually result in new quality development in the vicinity of the church.
According to the Kansas City Business Journal, ground will be broken in August for the construction of a 50 unit apartment project just to the south and east of us at 9th and Holmes.
According to the article, this project could be an ice-breaker now that the recession seems to be recessing a little. News of more development should be forthcoming. The Fed's Government Services Administration is still considering building a 600,000 square foot building at 12th and Charlotte. If the GSA deal goes, another likely project is a large motel nearby. Also in the works is a renovation to commercial space of the old Blackstone Hotel just across the street from the church parking lot at 817 Cherry.
The East Village developer says that its long range plan includes between 500 and 1,000 new rental units that could ultimately be converted to condominiums.
In addition, the FAA has apparently received some federal funds to help build a parking structure on the site of the demolished Cherry Street Motel just up the street from the church. This parking will be for FAA building only, just south of OSP, but that will help the overall parking situation in the area.
This all sounds pretty good! Let's keep our fingers crossed and quality investment in our neighborhood in our prayers.