News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Even in down times, there's progress

clock October 30, 2008 01:01 by author Jeff Quibell

Turning on the television or radio these days and listening to political advertisements can be a frustrating experience, yet there are positive things happening in our town. The up-and-down news from Wall Street might be disheartening, but when you look around Blue Springs there are glimmers of hope to be seen almost everywhere.

Locally, we see evidence of a down housing market and housing developments moving forward more slowly than planned. But last week one of my employees reported finding a great deal on a new home and deciding to purchase it. In these challenging times there are still opportunities to be found.

Retail developments that were set in motion over the last couple of years continue to move forward. While there remain empty storefronts to fill, new businesses are interested in locating in our city. The latest list of tenants for Adams Dairy Landing includes Target, Lowe’s, Books-A-Million and Kohl’s. Those stores will provide us with additional shopping opportunities when they are completed next year, and road improvements surrounding Adams Dairy Landing continue to move forward. The shops at Coronado Place across from Wal-Mart and Home Depot are filling up rapidly. National Tire and Battery recently opened, and Panda Express is soon to follow.

For those of us who work in Blue Springs, our restaurants are busy at lunch time. More choices are giving us the opportunity to stay in town for lunch and add variety to our dining options. Our local workforce is growing, with much more to come.

Are these signs of a turnaround in our local economy? It is still too early to tell, but one thing is certain. When the economy turns around, our city is well positioned to meet the needs of new and existing businesses and support positive growth for our community.

I challenge our city leaders to continue to promote positive improvements for our city. Investing in our city while prices are low is a smart strategy. There is no better time to encourage the redevelopment of blighted properties, invest in our downtown and encourage appropriate commercial development.

Our leaders need your encouragement to know you want to see continued improvements. They need to know we support their efforts as they make hard decisions that will move our city forward.

Please join the public discussion by commenting on articles in The Examiner at www.examiner.net and on my Web site at www.AboutBlueSprings.com.
Also, remember to go to the polls on Nov. 4 and vote!


Kohl's is coming to Adams Dairy Landing

clock October 24, 2008 23:55 by author Jeff Quibell

RED Development announced today that Kohl's will be locating in Adams Dairy Landing.  While this has been on the streets as a rumor for some time, RED Development confirmed that Kohl's will be locating a new retail store in their development in Blue Springs.  Stores that have now been announced include:

Target
Lowes
Books-A-Million
Kohl's

 

Keep checking back, as new stores are announced you will find that information here at www.AboutBlueSprings.com!


Not all public costs are up front

clock October 23, 2008 01:14 by author Jeff Quibell

At this past Monday evening’s council meeting, Councilman Sheila Solon requested that the council delay approval on design contracts for voter-approved projects, including the redevelopment of Woods Chapel Road. Her goal was to explore a way to bypass our state statutes to allow design contract proposals to be awarded based on lowest price.

Currently in Missouri, the law requires cities to select construction design firms based on their qualifications. As consumers, we must all choose to purchase goods and services and weigh the cost versus quality. An example would be when men select perfume as a gift for the woman in their life. Rather than picking up an inexpensive perfume at the drug store, we sometimes choose a higher quality perfume at the mall.

The decision the council was making will affect the safety and long-term maintenance characteristics of road and sewer construction, and it is far more important than the selection of perfume. Our state laws eliminate the temptation to make poor decisions based solely on cost for projects of this type. The mayor and the rest of the council were correct when they voted to move these projects forward despite Councilman Solon’s recommendation.


Nonprofit Organizations Need Our Help!

clock October 23, 2008 01:12 by author Jeff Quibell

With the arrival of fall, we enter the season of fund raisers for non-profit organizations. The Community Services League held its “Rockin’ Evening of Hope” gala last Friday. The community turned out in force to support its efforts in these difficult financial times. In addition to the support of individuals and local businesses, it was exciting to see the mayors of so many of our neighboring cities supporting CSL through their presence at the gala.

When talking about supporting our area non-profits, please remember that on Saturday, the Heritage Philharmonic will open its 64th concert season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10.

You may remember that I play cello in the Philharmonic, so when you come to the concert, please introduce yourself to me during intermission. To thank you for your support, if you e-mail me your name at jeffq@cprosinc.com, I will have a “two for the price of one” certificate waiting for you at the concert will-call table. Don’t miss this exciting performance!


Residents Recycle

clock October 23, 2008 01:10 by author Jeff Quibell

This past Saturday, the city held its 2nd Electronics Recycling event. Nearly 300 residents showed up at Pink Hill Park to drop off old electronic equipment, TVs and computers. I want to thank those of you who volunteered to unload the equipment from the cars. Without your support, this event would not be possible.


St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary Holiday Fair & Music Festival

clock October 10, 2008 14:32 by author Jeff Quibell

Friday November 14th from 8am until 4pm

The monies raised during this event are used for scholarships for local students pursuing a career in the medical field.  It is a fun event with lots of vendors and of course Violet's Country Kitchen has lots of wonderful homemade desserts and sweets.

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Books-A-Million signs on for Adams Dairy Landing

clock October 9, 2008 11:20 by author Jeff Quibell

Books-A-Million, the third largest retailer of books in the United States has signed on to place one of their retail stores in Blue Springs at Adams Dairy Landing. 

According to their corporate web site, Books-A-Million was founded in 1917 as a street corner newsstand in Florence, Alabama, Books-A-Million, Inc. has grown to become the premier book retailing chain in the Southeastern United States, and the third largest book retailer in the nation. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, the company currently operates more than 200 stores in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about the company you can go to their corporate web site at http://www.booksamillioninc.com/.  Online purchases can be made at http://www.booksamillion.com


Blue Springs looks at multi-family housing

clock October 9, 2008 09:22 by author Jeff Quibell

An important responsibility of our Mayor and City Council is the proper management of development and growth in our community. As part of that responsibility, the City Council once again approved extending the moratorium on multi-family housing development to allow additional time to adequately explore significant changes to our ordinances.

At times, the work of government may appear to move at a snail’s pace. At other times, our elected leaders appear to move quickly to resolve issues. We’ve seen this in our Federal government with the recent “bailout” legislation. Whether it’s our federal or state legislators or our local councilmen, it is important to move carefully and deliberately to make certain that the results are good for our community and our citizens. In the current situation regarding multi-family development in Blue Springs, the Multi-Family Task force is suggesting significant changes to our ordinances that will result in a higher quality of development and related design standards. This process takes time and careful consideration of the ramifications of such changes.

The governing basis for managing development is our city’s Comprehensive Development Plan. This plan is required by our city’s charter and must be reviewed, “not less than once every five (5) years.” The plan’s purpose is to prepare for our city’s future development in accordance with our anticipated needs. The plan provides guidance as to what types of development is or will be needed and where we expect or desire different types of development to occur.

Our current plan was last reviewed in 2003, and therefore is scheduled to be reviewed this year. State law requires our planning commission to “make careful and comprehensive surveys and studies of the existing conditions and probable future growth” of our city in the preparation of the plan. I am pleased that Mayor Ross has committed to a comprehensive review of the current plan.

It is a time consuming and expensive process, but with the current economic conditions, it is even more critical that we undertake such a review. Carefully planning for our future will position our city to be ready to manage new development in a responsible, progressive manner.

If you have suggestions or concerns about development in our city, please be sure to share your thoughts with your Mayor and City Councilmen.  Contact information is available at http://www.aboutbluesprings.com/page/City-Council-Contact-Info.aspx.


Blue Springs Electronics Recycling Event

clock October 2, 2008 14:20 by author Jeff Quibell

Saturday October 18, 2008 from 8am to Noon at Pink Hill Park!
  www.bluespringsgov.com/electronics08

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Blue Springs shows steady progress

clock October 2, 2008 01:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Progress is sometimes harder to see when it happens right around you. It is interesting to talk to someone who has been away from Blue Spring for a few years. They are more likely to see the progress that has occurred in town than those of us who are here every day.

Work continues on the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center. With the opening of R.D. Mize road on the south side of the project, Coronado Drive was closed to allow it to be rebuilt to handle the traffic that will frequent the shopping center when it opens. This project is breathing new life into the long stagnant Adams Dairy Parkway. It is exciting to see what other opportunities will be encouraged by the revitalization of the neighborhood that once occupied this site.

On Highway Seven south of Forty Highway there are a number of projects underway. More...