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Open House Public Meeting for Woods Chapel Road Improvements

clock October 20, 2011 17:36 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: October 20, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Open House Public Meeting for Woods Chapel Road Improvements

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and TranSystems will host an open-house style public meeting on Tuesday, November 15, to share plans for Woods Chapel Road Improvements from NW Castle Dr. to Walnut St. The project team will be on hand to answer questions from 6-9 p.m. at Howard L. Brown Safety Building, Multi-Purpose Room, 1100 SW Smith St., Blue Springs, MO 64015.

The City of Blue Springs and TranSystems encourage anyone who uses this route to stop by, review preliminary plans, share project issues and concerns, and provide written comments at the public meeting. No formal presentations will be made.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (816) 228-0121.

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Plans Lead to Progress (Woods Chapel & New Stores at ADL)

clock October 19, 2011 17:04 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResThe first six months of my current term in office are now behind me. It’s been an interesting change from my previous term in office just a few years ago.

The Blue Springs City Council is working well together, without the frequent angst that we sometimes experienced in the past. The hard questions are still being asked and we don’t always all agree, but good outcomes are occurring with regularity. Scripted political agendas have disappeared, and a true spirit of cooperation has brought a breath of fresh air to the political climate of our city.

A frequent question lately regards progress on the Woods Chapel Road expansion. This important project is ongoing and actually moving along at a pretty good clip behind the scenes.

Planning and progress at the beginning of a large road project aren’t visible in the first few years. The project is first designed and rights of way purchased from the hundreds of property owners on each side of the road. Construction contracts go out for bid. Significant amounts of work occur before the first shovelful of dirt is turned, but I assure you we are moving forward and are on schedule.

The final steps in acquiring the last few properties needed to construct the road have been set in motion, and an agreement with Kansas City Power & Light is approved to begin moving the utilities in preparation for the new roadway. This will be the first noticeable change that will occur.

A funding agreement is now approved with the Missouri Department of Transportation for the construction of Woods Chapel from Castle Drive to Walnut. This piece of the project is an expansion of the voter-approved improvements from Duncan Road down to the railroad tracks.

This week RED Development provided an update on the Adams Dairy Landing project. This TIF-funded project is paying great dividends for our community. New shopping is available to our residents to buy products at a lower tax rate than they were paying in other retail venues while also saving on the gas they spent to get there. The new tax revenue generated by the project is helping our city maintain services in difficult economic times. Because of a carefully crafted TIF policy and bond issues coinciding with store openings, the project cash flow is positive and paying its own way as expected. It is a benefit for our residents, the city and the people employed at the new stores.

RED Development announced several new stores that will be opening over the next year: Ross Dress for Less, T.J. Max, Home Goods, Charming Charlie, Rue 21, Yogurtini, Ulta Beauty, Arby’s and Chick-Fil-A.


City addresses sidewalk repairs

clock June 9, 2011 10:42 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResPatronizing our local businesses is important to helping our local economy grow and prosper.

This morning, I had the pleasure of dining at a new Blue Springs restaurant, Sandy’s Restaurant on U.S. 40. I enjoyed a great, traditional café breakfast; the staff was friendly and provided prompt, outstanding service. This gem of a business was a great way to start my day.

While dining, I contemplated the results of Monday’s City Council meeting. It was the first meeting in my new term that had a substantial number of issues on the agenda. Most importantly, the council approved the city’s 2011-12 capital improvements program. This document provides for planning major improvements over the next six years, as well as those we would like to achieve but don’t currently have funding to complete.

There was considerable discussion on a proposal from Councilman Chris Lievsay to remove $200,000 annually from our street maintenance program and use it to begin repairing the city’s 2,000 sidewalk defects. This potential change in policy would place more of the responsibility of maintaining sidewalks with the city and could significantly improve the condition of our sidewalks over the next 12 years.

My initial concern was the potential impact on our street overlay program. Both sidewalks and streets are high priorities, according to our most recent citizen survey.

The council and city staff determined that we would still be able to continue to meet our goal of at least 15 miles of street overlay per year and the integrity of the program would be maintained. The council unanimously approved the use of these funds for sidewalk repairs and will discuss the modification of our development codes to include maintenance of sidewalks as a city responsibility at the next council meeting.

Also important to our residents, the council approved enhancements to the Woods Chapel and Interstate 70 interchange that are a part of the 2008 voter-approved bond issue. Progress on the redevelopment of Woods Chapel from Duncan Road to Walnut Street continues at a good clip. The project is scheduled for completion in 2013.

This long-awaited redevelopment is vital to the Woods Chapel corridor and will facilitate additional investment and redevelopment, keeping this gateway to our city in balance with other improvements taking place in Blue Springs.


Woods Chapel work is a process

clock May 5, 2010 09:38 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 In 2008 the voters of Blue Springs approved funds to expand and improve Woods Chapel Road from Interstate 70 south to the railroad tracks.

The first step in redeveloping Woods Chapel Road is acquiring the rights of way on both sides of the road. Widening the road cannot occur until this step is complete. This is a time-consuming process that involves properly compensating the property owners and establishing easements for the new sections of roadway.

While right-of-way acquisition is under way, the traffic engineers are creating the plans for the roadway modifications. These activities take time and provide no visible progress to residents in the community. As with most projects and developments, many significant steps are required that lay the groundwork for completion. This important project has progressed normally with completion anticipated in 2013. The current anticipated schedule for each section of the road is:


* I-70 to Castle Drive out for bid in March 2011, substantial completion by December 2012
* I-70 to Duncan out for bid in March 2011, substantial completion by December 2012
* Castle to railroad out for bid in March 2012, substantial completion by December 2013

As the western gateway to our city, Woods Chapel Road is a critical north-south connection for many residents. Improvements to this area are long overdue and are likely to facilitate the retail growth and redevelopment that the residents of this area of the city have long desired.


Keep the city’s momentum going

clock November 18, 2009 18:08 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007 The city is working diligently on the road improvements planned for Woods Chapel Road, and the work is progressing even though it is not yet visible.

Recently the city held a public meeting to provide information and answer questions regarding the current progress and details of the project proposed. Once planning and right-of-way acquisition is complete, utility relocation is scheduled to begin next fall and actual roadway construction is estimated to begin the summer of 2011. Completion of the project is anticipated in 2013. As the westernmost north-south corridor in Blue Springs, Woods Chapel Road improvements are long overdue and will be a welcome enhancement to this area of our community.  This information is available at http://www.bluespringsgov.com/woodschapel.

Wanda and I had the privilege of volunteering at five of the Ararat Shrine Circus shows this past weekend, and we, along with thousands of others, had the pleasure of attending the first two Missouri Mavericks hockey games at the new Independence Events Center. After tailgating with Happy Hour and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, we cheered the Mavericks on to their second home victory Saturday evening. What a beautiful facility!

Driving through Coronado Place and Adams Dairy Landing recently, the signs of new shopping and dining opportunities are impossible to miss. The Gap Generations store and Sally Beauty Supply will be open very soon. Chipotle, Mattress Firm and Game Stop are coming along nicely. Furniture Gallery has opened across from Wal-Mart, and the Olive Garden restaurant is beginning to take shape across from Home Depot, joining Texas Roadhouse as another full-service dining option.

Sales tax revenue from all of these projects is already having a positive impact on our city’s revenue. That will continue to improve as more people become aware of the new shopping and dining opportunities in Blue Springs. As these developments continue to attract new retail and restaurant tenants, our local buying choices expand. The success of these new businesses is critical to our community’s economic health, so remember to buy Blue Springs!

Along with all of these new retail opportunities, Missouri Innovation Park continues to be a bright star on the horizon. While this is a complicated project with many technical facets, the positive impact that thousands of new, high-paying, quality jobs will have on the future growth of our community and the region cannot be overestimated.

Progress on these developments will bring new opportunities, for many areas in our community, to consider in the coming months. Now is the time for our city leaders to have a vision beyond the individual projects and continue to have the flexibility to adjust as the market responds to our successes!


Participate in the Second Woods Chapel Road Improvements Open House

clock November 18, 2009 18:03 by author Jeff Quibell

CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
MEDIA ADVISORY
903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 P: 816.228.0110 F: 816.228.7592 W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: November 17, 2009
CONTACT: Merideth Parrish, Public Information Officer
Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.935.4176
Email: mparrish@bluespringsgov.com

Open House Public Meeting Scheduled for
Woods Chapel Road Improvements, November 19, 2009


Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and District 2 City
Councilmen Sissy Reed and Kent Edmondson will host a second open house-style public meeting on Thursday,
November 19, to share plans for Woods Chapel Road Improvements from I-70 to south of Briarwood Drive. The project
team, TranSystems of Kansas City, Mo., will be on hand to answer questions from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Valley View High
School, 5000 NW Valley View Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

The City of Blue Springs encourages anyone who uses this route to stop by, review preliminary plans, share project
issues and concerns, and provide written comments at the public meeting. No formal presentations will be made.

For questions or additional information, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/woodschapel or contact the Blue Springs
Engineering Department at (816) 228-0121.

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Open House Public Meeting Scheduled for Woods Chapel Road Improvements

clock November 5, 2009 21:28 by author Jeff Quibell

image CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
image MEDIA ADVISORY
903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 P: 816.228.0110 F: 816.228.7592 W: www.bluespringsgov.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: November 5, 2009, 2009
CONTACT: Merideth Parrish, Public Information Officer
Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.935.4176
Email: mparrish@bluespringsgov.com
Open House Public Meeting Scheduled for
Woods Chapel Road Improvements, November 12, 2009

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will host an open
house-style public meeting on Thursday, November 12, to share plans for Woods Chapel Road Improvements from I-70
to south of Briarwood Drive. The project team, TranSystems of Kansas City, Mo., will be on hand to answer questions
from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Howard L. Brown Safety Building, Multi-purpose Room, 1100 SW Smith St., Blue Springs,
MO 64015.


The City of Blue Springs and MoDOT encourage anyone who uses this route to stop by, review preliminary plans, share
project issues and concerns, and provide written comments at the public meeting. No formal presentations will be made.
For questions or additional information, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/woodschapel or contact the Blue Springs
Engineering Department at (816) 228-0121.

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Target is Open in Blue Springs

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

Target 001This evening Wanda and I went shopping at Target in Blue Springs!  It is hard to believe that four and one-half years have passed since the first time I had the opportunity to meet with a Target representative about bringing a Target Store to our community.  Since then the efforts of many people have resulted in the opening of the first store at Adams Dairy Landing.

First Wal-Mart, then Home Depot, then Coronado Place’s bank, restaurants, and stores, and now Target.  With dozens more yet to come, Blue Springs is suddenly hopping with business.

As the development work continues on Adams Dairy Landing, it is important that we all remember to patronize these businesses even when it might be inconvenient.  From October 12 to 14 this coming week, Coronado Drive will be closed for final construction.  To get to Wal-Mart or Home Depot you will need to enter from R.D. Mize road, the back entrances to both of these businesses.  For the businesses in Coronado Place you should approach from Mock Avenue or Sunnyside Road and enter from the west entrance by Sports City.

Please keep these businesses in mind and make a special effort to get out and patronize them during the construction.  We want to show all of our new businesses that we are happy they have chosen to do business in our city!


Changes coming to key intersection

clock September 3, 2009 08:12 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQ Photo As much as I enjoy writing these articles, at times life gets in the way. Recently, Wanda and I traveled to Las Vegas to visit our daughter Crystal, stopping along the way to see the Grand Canyon. We returned home and have helped care for my father following his quadruple bypass surgery at St Luke’s Hospital last week. Thank you for the support and prayers from so many of our friends on his behalf. I was also touched knowing that many of you missed this column while we were gone.

I attended the Blue Springs City Council work session Monday evening. These meetings are designed for the council to discuss issues that are under consideration and for future plans and concerns to be brought up for evaluation. The meetings are open to the public, but not yet televised. I strongly encourage Mayor Ross and the council to begin televising these meetings. It would be another step toward transparency for our local government!

Many of you will be happy to hear that the council is working on the details of the Woods Chapel Road improvements that you approved in 2008.

Some of the items included in this plan are: placing signals at the intersection of Briarwood and Castle Drive; sidewalks and bike lanes as the roadway is improved; expansion of the Valley View Drive intersection; and the South Outer Road relocated further south to allow better traffic flow onto Woods Chapel and to the surrounding businesses.

Most exciting will be the conversion of the I-70 Interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange, the 2nd of this design in the United States. This new concept in interchange layout will move morning and afternoon traffic efficiently on and off of I-70 for traffic volumes projected as far into the future as 2030. An example of this type of interchange is up and running in Springfield at the intersection of MO-13 and I-44 http://tinyurl.com/ddinterchange.

We all recognize that the wheels of government often turn slowly. But, when progress is encouraged and allowed to develop, good things happen. The plans for these improvements should be complete by early 2010, with bids going out by the end of 2010. Construction will begin in 2011 with anticipated completion by 2013. My compliments to Mayor Ross and the City Council for continuing to move this important project forward!

One final thought on Woods Chapel. Let’s not forget to patronize the businesses along this corridor as road construction and necessary improvements may make it more difficult to access them in the future. While this will be a short term inconvenience, the long term benefits will allow this north-south artery to be a more welcoming Western gateway to our city.