News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Community Poised for Growth

clock December 26, 2008 00:45 by author Jeff Quibell

columnist_Jeff_QuibellChristmas is here, and the end of the year follows shortly. This has arguably been both a difficult year and one of the best in recent memory. As our country moves through difficult economic times, we have many things to be grateful for in Blue Springs. This is a truly a time to count our blessings.

I am thankful for seeing both of my daughters, Crystal and Ashley, grown and on their own as adults and hopeful for what I know will be a bright future for them.

I am thankful that my extended families, both adoptive and birth, are doing well and in my life. Yes, some are struggling with the current economic situation, but we still have each other to lean on and that is worth more than we can account for.

I am thankful to live in a great community where we are learning to work together, through our differences, for the betterment of all who live and work here. The visible progress is undeniable and with the latest announcements, our city has in place the building blocks to turn our economy around in the coming year.

I am thankful for having had the honor of serving our community and for participating in encouraging our community forward toward those goals that make a positive difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors.

I feel blessed that I have gotten to know so many new friends in the nearly 25 years I have called Blue Springs my home. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we vision together and work toward a common goal.

Each day we get up and make a choice, whether to face the day with a positive attitude about the future. I for one choose to see the positive things that are happening around me. Yet, even when there are things in our community we might improve, we need to approach them with an attitude that improvement is not only possible, but inevitable.

I would encourage each of you to consider those things you are thankful for and to plan how you will make a positive difference in our community in the coming year. Get involved and volunteer in at least one new opportunity that benefits your neighbors and your community.

Thank you for your feedback and encouragement for the articles I write and for keeping up with what is happening in Blue Springs through my web site at You may contact me at May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas/Holiday season and may your new year be prosperous and joyful!

Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs Web Links

clock December 18, 2008 19:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Learn more about this exciting new development in Blue Springs.  Following are links for more detailed information about the Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs.

Project Introduction

Innovation Park Overview

Fact Sheet More...

Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs

clock December 18, 2008 02:00 by author Jeff Quibell

Monday was a great day for Blue Springs! Despite objections and two “no” votes from 3rd District Councilmen Fowler and Solon, the City Council supported the next step toward the completion of the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center. This project, a high priority of our citizens for many years, continues to move forward despite the national economic climate. Even more exciting was the announcement of the development of a 500 acre science and technology innovation park on Adams Dairy Parkway, the “Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs”!

Anchored by the University of Missouri, the innovation park development will bring high paying jobs to our city and realize a significant portion of the original vision for Adams Dairy Parkway. Each step of progress since the parkway was conceived eighteen years ago was a necessary step to the culmination of this important development. The hard work of many organizations, elected officials and citizens has resulted in a unique opportunity for this exciting addition to the parkway.

Mayor Grounds and the council members that served with him conceived and approved the building of the parkway and its early amenities. Mayor Steiner and the council members that served with him supported the concept of a public/private partnership and formed the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation, recognizing that sometimes progress comes from outside of city hall. With the realization that shopping and dining opportunities would create a climate to encourage office park development and meet the needs of our citizens, our elected officials wisely chose to adapt the plan for the parkway.

The ninety member citizen led “Renew the Blue” visioning effort More...

Response to Michael J Parker's Letter to the Editor

clock December 17, 2008 09:44 by author Jeff Quibell

I am pleased to see that Mr. Parker noticed the commitment to quality development that Mayor Steiner, Mayor Ross, and those of us who served with them bring to our city. I am not at all surprised by the accelerated rate of positive developments in Blue Springs, as they are part of the vision to bring long sought after improvements for our community. More...

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:


Kelly Sullivan-Deady
Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC

Merideth Parrish
City of Blue Springs

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...

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

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