News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs 8 Announces Grand Opening–Come see our newly remodeled movie theatre

clock June 25, 2013 16:02 by author Jeff Quibell

imageBlue Springs 8 Theatre Announces the GRAND Opening of the New 8-Screen All-Digital Movie Theatre in Blue Springs, MO.

Under new ownership and management, the Blue Springs 8 Theatre will open the New 8-screen, all-digital movie complex on Thursday, June 27th, 2013. The New 8 located at 1901 NW Hwy 7, Blue Springs MO 64015 will showcase new screens, new concession, new seats, enhanced sound systems, and digital presentation in every auditorium. The theatre will feature RealD 3D capability in three of the auditoriums.

"The newly renovated Blue Springs 8 will be the perfect complement to the incredible community of Blue Springs” states Bob Hartley, Blue Springs 8 Owner. "We've experienced overwhelming support and great encouragement from so many within this community. City staff, School District Personnel, Students, local business men and women and pretty much everyone we have encountered on this journey have cheered us on. It was this overwhelming support from the community at large that convinced us that providing Blue Springs with a top quality local movie theatre, was the right investment to make. It is our commitment to always provide the Blue Springs Community the best entertainment experience they could wish for. “

The New 8 offers the latest technology, cutting edge amenities and customer-preferred options all under one roof. The amenities include:

  • State-of-the-art viewing environment. 
  • Digital projection powered by NEC projectors; RealD 3D capability. 
  • Custom digital surround sound system featuring the latest in sound technology that will enable customers to hear the movie as the filmmakers intended. 
  • A completely renovated lobby with a new crew-serve concession stand - offering freshly-popped popcorn, Coca-Cola fountain beverages and favorite candy brands, nachos, pretzels, hotdogs and so much more. 
  • A lounge area in the lobby that can easily be set up for small parties. 
  • All new plush seating in all auditoriums. 
  • 54” row spacing allowing plenty of leg room between seats. 
  • The friendliest professional staff guided by a seasoned management team committed to you, the community.

Several grand opening activities and offers are planned. Our ribbon cutting ceremony, with Pete Grigsby as the master of ceremony, will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday June 27th. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of our opening weekend (6/28, 6/29 & 6/30), all customers will enjoy $5.00 discounted ticket pricing for the 1pm show time. 3D shows are only $8.00 at the 1pm shows. In addition, all show times will offer $1 medium soda and $1 medium popcorn pricing. More information and show times can be found at

For daily updates please follow us on Face book - Blue Springs 8 Theatre, and on Twitter – BlueSprings8

Open House for Planning US 40 Highway

clock August 30, 2012 10:25 by author Jeff Quibell

Good morning,

Just sending a quick reminder that tonight is the final Public Open House this week for the first steps in MARC’s Creating Sustainable Places 40 Highway Corridor Plan development. The first open house was held in Independence on Tuesday and was featured in The Examiner:

Tonight is Blue Springs’ turn to host, and the open house is scheduled from 5-8 at William Bryant Elementary at Sunny Side & ADP. There are two repeat presentations slated for 5:30 and 7:00. (


We hope to see you there!




Scott H. Allen, AICP

Community Development Director

City of Blue Springs

903 W. Main St.

Blue Springs, MO 64015

(816) 228-0211

Twitter: @scotthallen

New Stores in Adams Dairy Landing

clock June 18, 2012 15:28 by author Jeff Quibell


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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


Mayor Ross saying a few words at the ribbon cutting.


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


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


First Alert News about the Missouri Innovation Park

clock January 9, 2012 17:12 by author Jeff Quibell

First Alert News about the Missouri Innovation Park
January 9, 2012

Dear Blue Springs EDC Supporters:
As a news subscriber to Blue Springs EDC you are receiving our news alert news about the Missouri Innovation Park (MIP).

During the past several months the Blue Springs EDC, City of Blue Springs and the University of Missouri (MU) have been working to deliver concrete next steps to advance the Missouri Innovation Park and MU's Mizzou Center.  In November an updated "Letter of Agreement" was signed by MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, City of Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Blue Springs EDC Chairman Lyle Shaver, and President Brien Starner, which spelled out specific next steps, responsibilities and timetables to move the MIP and Mizzou Center project forward.

To this end the City acquired 3.5 acres recently and is in contract to close on additional land to enable 24 acres at any time that will be developed as the first Phase of the Missouri Innovation Park, covering 63 acres in Phase I.  The City is the primary investor in the Missouri Innovation Park and is issuing today an RFQseeking a development/design team to respond by January 20th to our proposal to build a 50-80,000 square foot building to house the University of Missouri for their Mizzou Center growth plans within the MIP.  Additional space within the building is intended to support those companies whose growth and research would benefit from the collaboration between MIP and MU's research and development oriented opportunities.  We are also hopeful our current Economic Development Administration grant will establish the "business case" for business incubator/business accelerator space in the same building by 2014, for our study planned to get underway soon.

Stay tuned for more news on Blue Springs, the EDC and Missouri Innovation Park in coming weeks and months.

Read the complete RFQ here.


Brien M. Starner, CEcD
Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation
1600 NE Coronado Drive
Blue Springs, MO   64014
816.228.0209 (O)
816.918.9947 (C)


Blue Springs EDC | 1600 NE Coronado Drive | Blue Springs | MO | 64014

City Looking At A Year Of Progress

clock January 4, 2012 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

2011-12-08 10-40-58.261The changing of the calendar to a new year is typically seen as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.

For Blue Springs, 2012 will be the year in which we see visible progress on the Missouri Innovation Park on Adams Dairy Parkway. As the University of Missouri prepares to break ground at its permanent location in Blue Springs, its involvement and commitment will raise the visibility and viability of MIP to the world’s animal-health-related companies, along with other entities and organizations.

It will take time, but we anticipate the demand for locations within the MIP will result in new, high-quality jobs for Blue Springs residents and those in the surrounding areas.

This year will also see the installation of the new digital radio system for our Police Department. This system, paid for by the public safety tax that Blue Springs voters approved last year, will substantially improve our Police Department’s communication ability and will help make our city safer. The improvements to the public safety building will enhance downtown and provide an improved workplace for our police officers.

Hopefully, 2012 will see progress on the regional transit proposal, which could bring even more activity to our downtown in the coming years.

The redevelopment of Woods Chapel Road continues, and residents will see utilities relocated this spring in preparation for the widening and resurfacing from Duncan Road on the north all the way south to Walnut Street. Right-of-way acquisition is under way, and we should see work on the road begin this year, with scheduled completion scheduled for 2013. The new diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 70 will improve the flow of traffic, especially during rush hour, and the signalized intersection at Duncan Road will make that area safer and less congested.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation for the many cards, notes, copies of the newspaper and kind words regarding the story of the Christmas ornaments from my birth mother. To Martin Augustine of KMBC Channel 9 News and Lee Hill Kavanaugh of The Kansas City Star, thank you for telling the story in such a wonderful and compassionate manner. The response has been overwhelming and very much appreciated. For those who missed the stories, they can be viewed at and
Happy new year, everyone! I look forward to another year of sharing with you all of the great things happening in Blue Springs!

Transit could transform area–Blue Springs would gain under rail plan

clock December 14, 2011 11:17 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResCommunity and elected leaders in Blue Springs are consistently looking for opportunities to provide better services to our residents. Several years ago, as a downtown revitalization plan was developed for Blue Springs, we identified a number of key items that would advance development in the downtown corridor. A rail station that would act as a transit portal to the rest of the Kansas City region was an integral piece of the plan, as it would bring people into downtown Blue Springs and act as a catalyst for new development.

Recently, the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance held a number of public forums to share information about the new Regional Rail initiative supported by County Executive Mike Sanders and many of the Mayors in the Kansas City region. These forums provided an opportunity for the public to view a variety of potential plans for regional transportation, including a rail system that would encompass much of the Kansas City region.

Kansas City has a long history with railroads and has a significant amount of unused or underutilized track all over the metropolitan area. Utilizing these existing rails allow a regional rail system to be constructed quickly and cost-efficiently.

While no final determination has been made on rail stop locations, Blue Springs is anticipating a stop in downtown and hopefully an additional stop near the new Missouri Innovation Park (MIP). This would encourage redevelopment downtown and facilitate the development of MIP.

This regional rail proposal is an exciting development that has the potential to transform public transportation not only for Blue Springs, but the entire Kansas City region, bringing with it enhanced employment and tourism opportunities. The rail infrastructure already exists, which reduces the cost and shortens the implementation timeframe. Many community leaders and elected officials throughout Jackson County are eager to support the proposal including our own Mayor Carson Ross, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, and County Executive Mike Sanders, just to name a few.

I am excited about the opportunities that a regional rail plan can bring to the residents of Eastern Jackson County. I encourage everyone to take the time to examine the proposals and support expanded regional transportation alternatives. As Mayor Ross likes to say, “Blue Springs is On the Move!”

Information about the Kansas City Regional Transit vision can be found at