7th Street Casino Sidewalk Closure Begins Feb. 1

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 10.07.34 AMFYI from the Unified Government Public Works department:

The 7th Street Casino has obtained their permit to close the sidewalk in front of their building beginning Monday morning, February 1 through April 5.  They will be replacing the steps in front of their building, and will have no traffic or lanes closed, except for placement of concrete at a later date.

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 5.10.01 PMUPDATE: The sidewalk in front of 7th Street Casino, along with one lane of traffic, will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, to allow for removal of the casino’s sign. The photo at left illustrates the applicable closure. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the project as information is available.

Notice of Public Meeting: Choice Neighborhoods Grant

Public notice is hereby given that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and the Kansas City, KS, Housing Authority, will conduct a joint public hearing on Wed., Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard, at the Wyandotte Towers Community Room, located on the first floor of the Wyandotte Towers building, 915 Washington Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.

The public meeting will be held in regard to application for a federal grant, Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Action Grant, provided by the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. This grant is for planning and activities in the area known as the Healthy Campus, which encompasses Wyandotte Towers. The area under consideration for the planning activities is from approximately 12th Street on the west to 7th Street on the east to New Jersey on the north to Sandusky on the south. The grant is for up to a total of $2 million. To learn more about the Choice Neighborhood grant, visit HUD’s website.

RSVPs to the public meeting are encouraged at 913.573.5030 or by email to bbautista[at]wyokck[dot]org as snacks will be provided, as will activities for young children. When you RSVP, please note how many adults and children will be attending.

Mayor Holland’s 2016 State of the Government Address

state of the government address 2016Join Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. Mayor Mark Holland for the 50th anniversary of the State of the Government address, to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan.

Tickets are $24 and can be purchased by clicking here. Please plan to purchase your tickets by Feb. 16. The State of the Government address will be hosted by the Downtown KCK Rotary Club, which is celebrating 100 years in 2016. Congratulations, Rotary members! To all of our downtown KCK members, friends and neighbors, we hope to see you at the Mayor’s address.


Your Input Needed for KU and CHWC Survey

A group of MBA students at the University of Kansas are working with Community Housing of Wyandotte County to “develop a service-enriched shared office space focusing on entrepreneurs and business owners in the local community,” according to Kurt Welday, one of the participating students.
To help gauge interest in the project, the students have created and deployed a survey, the purpose of which is to gather information from entrepreneurs and business owners in Kansas City for a project on behalf of CHWC. In the survey, you’ll be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire about your current business and working habits, as well as your opinion on the details of the community service project.
Please take just a few minutes and complete the survey–your input is much appreciated.

Join Us: DTS Quarterly Meeting on January 20

reardon convention center kckWhat better way to kick off a new year than with a quarterly meeting? Join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Reardon Convention Center (500 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.) for a chance to network, catch up and hear some exciting updates.

We’ll give you a look back on DTS accomplishments in 2015, as well as what’s ahead for 2016. In addition, our consultants, inSITE planning and Rosin Preservation, will offer an overview of a project that will begin this month as a result of a Kansas Historical Society grant. The survey work will cover the entire DTS area and will include not only buildings and structures, but also important historical features like Huron Cemetery and Big Eleven Lake. During the presentation, you’ll also hear more about opportunities for business owners, neighborhood residents and others to play a role in collecting information about the rich history of buildings and places downtown.

The quarterly meeting is free to attend and includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. We hope you can join us!