News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs sees new opportunities

clock February 26, 2009 00:58 by author Jeff Quibell

I would like to compliment Mayor Ross and Council members Lauer, Edmondson, & Reed on their continued support of positive progress in our city. It is encouraging to see that a majority of our elected leaders have a vision for our future and are working together to help overcome the challenges that the current economic situation entails. Many people have worked diligently for years to improve all areas of our city, and I am excited and optimistic about the future of Blue Springs.

clip_image002Development of new restaurant opportunities continues to move forward. The planning commission reviewed and recommended approval of the site plan design for the new Panara Bread that will open soon in Coronado Place. RED Development continues to move forward with the Adams Dairy Landing development, bringing minor changes to the restaurant/retail section of their development between I-70 and Coronado Drive to the commission for approval.

Other restaurants that have recently opened in Blue Springs include Harley HotRods Bar & Grill on north MO-7, Colorado Pete’s BBQ on Hwy 40 and Miyabi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar in the Mall at Fall Creek. I recently spoke with the owner of Side Pockets and he expressed excitement that the Mall at Fall Creek is now fully leased, with the addition of Club 7 Fitness as the final anchor location in the Mall.

With so much happening in our city we should all be encouraged that perhaps the worst of the recession will pass by us. That is not to say that there won’t be challenges, but by pulling together and continuing to patronize our area businesses, we can weather the storm and find ways to prosper. I believe that our city is facing a much brighter financial picture than most municipalities in our country.

My wife Wanda and I are hosting a community “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast on Saturday March 14, from 8am to 11am to celebrate progress in our community and raise funds to support the www.AboutBlueSprings.com website. The Steamin’ Bean has graciously agreed to allow us to have the breakfast in their coffee shop. I hope you will come join us and bring your neighbors for a festive celebration of all that is good in Blue Springs! Tickets are $6 at the door and $5 in advance. Check the website for details about advance ticket purchases.


Blue Springs High School PTSA is again sponsoring the annual "Senior Breakfast"

clock February 22, 2009 10:41 by author Jeff Quibell

Sue Beegle asked me to post the following announcement: --Jeff Quibell

Attention:  Blue Springs High School Parents and/or Business Owners:

In honor of our 2009 BSHS graduates, the BSHS PTSA is again sponsoring the annual "Senior Breakfast".  This is a student only event where they get to eat food (a hot breakfast, imagine that!), get prizes via a raffle and in general have a great time to celebrate their final year.

A BIG part of what makes it fun is the prizes that we raffle off.  I am heading up the committee that will be requesting donations.  We have approximately 535 students graduating this year.  Our goal is to provide around 150 prizes.  I need your help either in the form of a monetary donation, gift card, gift basket or an item you think the kids would enjoy.  This does not have to be a huge amount, even $10 would be much appreciated.

If you want to donate an item, please make it unisex, this is such a fast paced event we can't distinguish the prizes between boys and girls.  Our emcee will announce the winner's name and volunteer parents serve as runners, we only have 1-1/2 to get all of this accomplished.  You will be acknowledged in the printed program for this event as a donator.

Please contact me, Sue Beegle at suebeegle@aol.com or phone my cell at 816-365-1949 if you are willing to help out our kids or just want more information on joining one of the committees that make this a successful event.  Go Wildcats!!!


New Businesses for The Mall at Fall Creek!

clock February 19, 2009 19:41 by author Jeff Quibell

For over a decade our citizens have waited for The Mall at Fall Creek to fill with businesses.  Recently a Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar named Miyabi opened in the mall.  Wanda and I have had dinner there several times and would recommend it as a great place to dine.  I would encourage you to visit them and thank the owners for bringing their business to our city.

Yesterday, when having lunch at Miyabi, I noticed that the doors to the main anchor space in the mall were open and there was construction work going on inside.  Club 7 Fitness is opening a second Blue Springs location in this 43,000 square foot space in the mall.  They plan on opening sometime this spring.  At last, the mall will be full of businesses and can take its place as a thriving participant in our city's economy!


Blue Springs Historical Society Upcoming Events

clock February 15, 2009 10:50 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Historical Society

a non-profit (501c 3) organization formed in 1976

The Society’s mission is to preserve, promote, and educate citizens about the history of Blue Springs.  This is accomplished through informational historic exhibits, programs, activities, a 1906 Educational Heritage Garden, and by providing people with archival information.

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The Dillingham-Lewis House Museum Grounds

  A Focus on instilling a sense of history, through activities for youth and adults.

  • Sunday’s March 15 – May 24 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. open to the public. See the exhibit Blue Springs a Railroad town
  • Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. Heritage Day celebrates Historic Preservation Month, a family fun day  with “ole time” children’s games, fishing pond, balloons, ice cream and lemonade – Volunteers, Groups and Donations are welcome.
  • Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. help plant and learn about gardening.   A 1906 Educational Heritage Garden is a joint effort of local gardeners, FFA students, 4-H members and Master Gardeners of Kansas City.  The Midwest 1906 garden is typical to the house-museum built the same year.  The Blue Springs School District Ag-Science students will grow our heirloom annual seeds in their greenhouse.  The planting and maintaining will be done by youth and adults guided by Master Gardeners.  After 4 years, the Garden will boast:  sun and shade flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits.  

Supports  Jackson  County

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Join us to help preserve history, help you with community service projects,

Educating the community 

Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 SW 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, Missouri 64013                  www.BlueSpringsHistory.org

Mary Potter, President       Contact Info: MPotterEducation@comcast.net 816-797-4870


Please join us for an "All you can eat" Pancake Breakfast!

clock February 14, 2009 01:40 by author Jeff Quibell

imageDSC04405Jeff and Wanda Quibell are hosting an "All You Can Eat" Pancake breakfast at the Steamin' Bean in Blue Springs Missouri from 8am to 11am on Saturday, March 14, 2009. With "Chris Cakes" providing the food, it's sure to be fun and tasty event, and a great opportunity to visit with your friends and neighbors.

Proceeds from the breakfast will support maintenance, advertising and expansion of the http://www.AboutBlueSprings.com website.

Purchase your tickets in advance for $5 (by March 12th) or $6 at the door. Click the add to cart link the home page of www.AboutBlueSprings.com website or call 816-224-2890 and ask for Theresa to purchase advance tickets.


Keep progress going in Blue Springs

clock February 12, 2009 01:01 by author Jeff Quibell

25th Anniversary Vacation 084  25th Anniversary Vacation 014From the Library Lounge in the Inn at Biltmore Estate, Wanda and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains Sunday evening. We spent two days exploring our nation’s largest single family residence, built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt. The Biltmore is 175,000 square feet of pure luxury, built on what was originally 125,000 acres of managed forest land.

As we toured the Biltmore and the grounds, I was struck by the effect that a single significant development can have on a region. When the Biltmore was constructed in the late 1800s, it created thousands of jobs in the Asheville, N.C., area, and 114 years later, it continues to provide employment for up to 1,800 employees, working throughout the year to keep the estate open and accessible to the public as a national historic landmark.

When George Vanderbilt constructed his home, he had no way of knowing that more than 100 years later, his home would continue to provide employment to so many people. The Missouri Innovation Park will create significant job opportunities in Blue Springs and will impact the economic environment in the surrounding area well into the next century. 

I have heard Brien Starner, director of the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation, say many times, “a rising tide raises all boats.”

This is the foundation of the impact of positive growth on an entire community. As I visited with my barber recently about the Innovation Park, we discussed what it meant for him and for others in the community like him, residents and business owners alike. We discussed the impact of at least 3,000 more people in Blue Springs, people who will need homes to live in, restaurants to dine in, and retail opportunities to shop for products and services. The rising tide can mean the revitalization of downtown and an increased interest in redevelopment at U.S. 40 and Missouri 7.

To keep Blue Springs on the forefront of progress and economic recovery, the entire City Council will need to put aside personal differences, think outside the box and look for ways to work together. I know that each member of our council wants what they believe is best for Blue Springs. Now is the time for our councilmen to be flexible and to accommodate the future needs of the Innovation Park development and current and future residents of Blue Springs.

Our elected leaders are facing the need to build a new city hall, a mandated new communication system for our Police Department and maintaining our aging pool complex. This council needs to carefully consider how their decisions affect the growing needs of our city, and anticipate the growth as we prepare today for a brighter future tomorrow.

To see pictures from my visit to the Biltmore please look me up on facebook.com at http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Quibell/1405337531 and invite me to be on your friend list.


Heritage Philharmonic Hosts Young Artist Competition

clock February 7, 2009 20:21 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello everyone,

It was great to see everyone on Thursday.  I wanted to send out a quick note just to let you know that we are doing the High School Young Artist Competition this season.  We are currently accepting applications for two categories:  Instrumental (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass, and harp) and Piano.

If you teach or know of a student who resides in Jackson County and is in 9th-12th grade, who might be interested in entering, please direct them to our website:  www.heritagephilharmonic.org.  They can access a brochure and an audition form on the website.

You can also e-mail Cathy Lawrey, clawrey1@yahoo.com, for information.

Thanks,

Jim Murray

 Music Director/Conductor

Who Pays For Business Incentives?

clock February 4, 2009 20:56 by author Jeff Quibell

Wanda and I are taking a brief vacation this week, traveling by car around the southeastern part of the nation.  We watched this week’s council meeting on the Internet while relaxing in Florida.

The discussion surrounding the Parkway Place development was again the main topic in the visitors session. Residents and individuals alike again encouraged Councilmen Fowler, Solon or Shaver to bring the project back up for reconsideration, as they are the only ones who can make this request.

Bill Wrisinger, recently named Blue Springs Business Person of the Year by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the council again, seeking its help and direction in determining how best to proceed with his project. He mentioned that in the negotiations, the council had offered 353 tax abatement in place of the community improvement district financing that he had originally requested.

Use of 353 tax abatement would result in a reduction of funding to other taxing entities, such as the school district and fire district. The community improvement district imposes a sales tax only on the users of the project, including the many people who would stop in to shop or buy gas as they came through the area on the interstate.  The 353 tax abatement funds the infrastructure improvements by taking away from our school district, and other taxing entities. One has to wonder how that is an improvement for our citizens. 

Some may wonder why a tax incentive is requested at all.  Why shouldn’t the developer pay all of the expenses for his project? The council approved the Parkway Place project; why doesn’t Wrisinger just move forward with that approval?

The answer is that the city is requiring him to pay for road improvements and additional infrastructure that will benefit the entire Adams Dairy Parkway and all existing and future developments along the corridor. When those costs are included in the overall project, the cost of developing the currently vacant land is no longer financially feasible.

The council must evaluate if the incentive requested and the development proposed are worth the expense to our taxpayers. In this case, the resulting project will generate hundreds of thousands in new revenue for the city, so the answer may be yes, as it has been for other developments in the vicinity.

Based on this week’s meeting, it appears some members of the council may prefer for the revenue to come from other taxing entities like our school district. I believe the best solution was the one originally proposed that includes revenue from sources outside our city and provides full funding to our school district.