News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Exciting Development in City

clock February 22, 2012 19:29 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResMayor Carson Ross likes to say Blue Springs is a city “on the move,” and it’s obvious throughout our city that his statement is accurate.

With the exceptionally mild winter we’re experiencing, commercial development at Adams Dairy Landing is progressing at a brisk pace. Ulta Beauty is now open and the buildings for TJ-Maxx/Home Goods, Ross Dress for Less and additional lifestyle shops are close to completion.

The city recently began requesting bids on the long anticipated improvements for Woods Chapel Road, continuing to fulfill the promise of redeveloping this important north-south corridor. At the most recent City Council work session, the council agreed to request assistance from the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation regarding recommendations for a strategic plan to redevelop our Missouri 7 and U.S. 40 corridors. We also agreed to complete the formal review of our city’s comprehensive plan, a review that is significantly overdue and will ensure the city is better prepared for future development efforts.

Not all politics were local last week. I had the great pleasure of going to Jefferson City to talk with our state legislators regarding a variety of issues of interest to our city.

I met with many representatives and senators and experienced a great deal of pride as I frequently heard how well our city is represented by District 54 Rep. Jeanie Lauer. Over and over again her colleagues spoke of what an effective, strong leader she is for Blue Springs. Having worked closely with Jeanie in recent years, this confirmed what I already knew about her dedication to the residents of our city and her genuine concern for the best interest of our community. It’s gratifying to know that others recognize her integrity and sincerity. We are fortunate to have her in Jefferson City!

We began interviewing candidate development teams last week, one of which will partner with the city and University of Missouri for the design and development of the 50,000- to 80,000-square foot Mizzou Center building. The Mizzou Center will focus on research, continuing education and community outreach functions in Missouri Innovation Park and will serve as the anchor tenant for this important project.

The land for the first phase of development in the park is now under control of the city, and we are on track for visible development before the end of the year. The location is just south of Adams Dairy Landing, at the corner of R.D. Mize Road and Adams Dairy Parkway.

Jackson County’s regional rail proposal now includes two potential stops in Blue Springs – one downtown and one at the southern edge of the Innovation Park. These two stops will assist Main Street Alive in downtown redevelopment efforts and help to accelerate the development of Missouri Innovation Park. This proposal is likely to be a November ballot issue in Jackson County.

Blue Springs is “on the move?” Yes, mayor, we certainly are!


Colburn Road & MO-7 Intersection Ribbon Cutting Pictures

clock February 1, 2012 11:04 by author Jeff Quibell

Colbern Road & Highway 7 intersection

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Mayor Ross saying a few words at the ribbon cutting.

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MoDot Area Engineer Matt Killion saying a few words at the ribbon cutting.

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City Administrator Eric Johnson, Mayor Carson Ross and MoDot Area Engineer Matt Killion cutting the ribbon.

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New Businesses Opening and Personal Achievement are Good for Blue Springs

clock August 17, 2011 01:01 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResGood things continue to happen in Blue Springs, in spite of tough economic times. This past Sunday I had the privilege to attend the Eagle Court of Honor for Riley Kramer of Troop 1058 at First United Methodist Church. Riley’s Eagle Scout project involved placing identifying signposts in Rotary Park at the new Arbor Walk around Railroad Lake. Of all scouts nationwide, only about 5% achieve the highest rank, the rank of Eagle Scout. It is indeed an achievement, and indicative of their commitment, involvement and leadership. Eagle Scouts often grow up to be active in their communities and leaders in industry.

Overlapping with Riley’s Court of Honor was the groundbreaking ceremony for Pointe of Hope Church, which took over the building once used as 84 Lumber, located just North of I-70. The church expects to be open for services in November. I’m sure many of us are excited to see the improvements on this site.

Next to Point of Hope, the new Quik Trip is opening soon, which many in the northern portion of the city have been excited to see. This redevelopment of the former Sinclair station along with the development of Point of Hope church is a significant improvement of this section of 7 Highway.

The City Council will have a work session on the 2011-2012 budget at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District training facility on 40 Highway on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30pm. The council will discuss options for the allocation of resources, meeting the priorities of our residents, and planning for future projects that will occur as a result of the passage of the Public Safety Tax. The meeting is open to the public, and I encourage you to attend.