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Blue Springs Announces Development of New Regional Science and Technology Park

clock December 15, 2008 11:57 by author Jeff Quibell

News Release

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:

Website: www.thinkbluesprings.com

Kelly Sullivan-Deady
Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC
816-360-4278
ksullivan@polsinelli.com

Merideth Parrish
City of Blue Springs
816-655-0497
mparrish@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Announces Development of New Regional Science and Technology Park University of Missouri Committed as Anchor Research Tenant

15 December, 2008 - BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri - The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced today that in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, it will develop the Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs, an approximately 500 acre science and technology innovation park that will provide a clustered focus for knowledge based innovation and commercialization in Western Missouri. More...


Blue Springs seeing more retail

clock December 11, 2008 02:00 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff QuibellA much divided Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of zoning and comprehensive plan changes for two commercial projects on Adams Dairy Parkway Monday evening.

Several planning commissioners expressed concerns that these projects do not reflect the original flex/tech office plans for the parkway in Blue Springs. Adams Dairy Parkway and the Mall at Fall Creek are just two examples of projects that stagnated for more than a decade because our leaders refused to be flexible when reasonable alternatives were presented. In the more recent past, City Council and Planning Commission members have recognized that our city must be open to new ideas for development and must let go of long-held concepts that were not being realized.

For many years, the Mall at Fall Creek sat mostly empty, with only a few tenants open for business. I’m happy to report it will soon be fully leased. When our leaders are willing to adapt to changing needs and trends in the marketplace, the business community responds. By agreeing to change the requirements for the project, doors of opportunity were opened. Similarly, when the council agreed to modifications to the plan for Adams Dairy Parkway, new projects immediately began to come forward. More...


Canoe Club located on the southern edge of Blue Springs

clock November 30, 2008 14:51 by author Jeff Quibell

Wanda and I recently dined at the Canoe Club in Lake Lotawana.  The restaurant is located on the southwest corner of Shrout Road and Colbern Road.  Though not located within the city limits of Blue Springs, it sits on the southern border and its owners have roots in Blue Springs. 

The nostalgic atmosphere is unique (1940's lake) and the food was excellent.  In addition to its rustic decor fans will recognize dining booths and bar chairs that once graced Stephenson's Apple Orchard restaurant.

More information about the restaurant is available on their MySpace page www.canoeclubkc.com


Panera Bread to open a location in Blue Springs

clock November 26, 2008 14:49 by author Jeff Quibell

Coronado Partners, LLC, a Blue Springs, MO based development company is pleased to announce that Original Bread, Inc has executed a lease for the Shoppes at Coronado Place at 605 NE Coronado Drive.  The Blue Springs location will be their 22nd  Panera Bread bakery/café in the Kansas City metro area.  According to Coronado Partners, LLC owners Sean Tebbe and Bill Wrisinger, Panera Bread is the final tenant to locate in the 14,534 square foot Shoppes at Coronado Place joining Adams Dairy Bank, AT & T Wireless, Vintage Stock, and Sports Clips.  Panera Bread also joins Texas Roadhouse, Panda Express, Taco Bell, Sonic and National Tire and Battery within the Coronado Place development. Coronado Partners is pleased with the quality of new businesses that chose to locate in the Blue Springs community. Coronado Place is located just off the I-70 interchange and Adams Dairy Parkway in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter and Home Depot. 

The 3,769 square foot bakery/café is planned to open in April 2009.  

For more information on this Panera Bread location please contact Michelle Cole at 913-239-9838

Or visit http://www.panera-kansas.com/home.html


More retail options on the horizon

clock November 20, 2008 10:22 by author Jeff Quibell

City Council meetings vary from routine administrative tasks to interesting topics of discussion. At, times, understanding the motivations and decisions of our elected leaders involves reading between the lines. Other times, the motivation or decision-making is much more obvious.

clip_image002This past Monday evening, RED Development gave the Blue Springs City Council an update on the Adams Diary Landing shopping center project. Julie Jurden, vice president of development for RED, along with other representatives of the company, gave an excellent presentation on what we can expect over the coming months.

Jurden’s presentation indicated that 77 percent of the shopping center’s space has been sold, leased or accounted for with a letter of intent to occupy space. She noted that ordinances would be brought before the council in December in preparation for the first issuance of bonds for the project. Road work on Coronado Drive and Adams Dairy Parkway should be complete by spring. The work on Coronado in front of Wal-Mart and Home Depot is being staged to minimize disruption during and after the holidays.

Construction on the new Target is under way, and we should see additional stores under construction in a matter of weeks. Construction on Lowe’s is scheduled to begin in March. Target is expected to open in July or August, with the grand opening of the shopping center currently scheduled for next fall. It is exciting for our community that even in the current economic climate, this project continues to move forward as promised.

December’s City Council meetings should be interesting to watch as the council considers the final financing steps for the shopping center. Over the course of this project, the debate has been lively. It is my opinion that this project is revitalizing a blighted neighborhood and is critical to bringing the shopping and dining our citizens desire, right here in Blue Springs. It also addresses the retail tax leakage that Blue Springs has suffered from for many years. I would encourage you to watch December’s meetings and learn more about our elected leaders and how they represent us.


New businesses continue to locate in Blue Springs

clock November 13, 2008 15:49 by author Jeff Quibell

The next time you drive by the Adams Dairy Landing project, you will see the foundation and floor have been poured for the new Target store. It is great to see continued progress on our new shopping center!

On the north end of town, preparation has begun for the demolition of the old Food Barn building at Duncan and Missouri 7. It is great to see this long-vacant building will finally be removed, making room for new development at this important intersection. In addition, the old Interstate Inn at Woods Chapel and Interstate 70 has been demolished, paving the way for parking for the newly refurbished La Quinta Inn.

Please join me in welcoming several new businesses. Harley Hotrods Bar & Grill will fill a vacant building just north of Blue Springs Fitness on Missouri 7, across from Price Chopper. Two new locally owned jewelry stores have recently opened. Set N Stones, a full-service jewelry store owned by Tony & Kaci Barreto, recently opened next to Lamar Doughnuts on Missouri 7. Then & Now Jewelry, owned by Karl & Bridget Doescher, also opened in the shopping mall just south of Applebee’s and next to the Trouser Mouse. It offers jewelry repair, sterling silver, watch batteries, insurance appraisals, and custom design and remounts.

Even in these difficult economic times, business owners and entrepreneurs continue to choose to operate in our city. By shopping locally, you show our business owners that you appreciate their decision to locate in our wonderful city!


Blue Springs addresses multifamily housing

clock November 13, 2008 15:47 by author Jeff Quibell

At the most recent meeting of the Blue Springs City Council, the Multi-Family Task Force presented its final recommendations. Its stated objective was to address our residents’ concerns regarding the increase in multi-family developments and to reduce the ratio of multifamily developments in our city to its historic level of 25 percent.

While the task force was unable to identify a definitive method to accomplish those objectives, it did recommend higher quality design standards – better materials and more open space – and it proposed three new zoning categories. The new standards allow developments to be five stories tall, instead of three. The council adopted the recommendations by ordinance. You can watch the meeting and get more details on the city Web site at www.BlueSpringsGov.com.


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!


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