TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY WESTSIDE NEIGHBORS AGAINST DEVELOPER TAX BREAK ON 17TH & MADISON!!!!
Here's an important bit of follow-up coverage that PERFECTLY lays out neighborhood objections to a controversial plan proposed right across from a neighborhood school.
This one is important because coverage and consideration of this neighborhood fight was preceded by a 4-hour-debate over 18th & Vine.
However . . .
CHECK THIS TKC EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENT CIRCULATING AMONG DOZENS OF WESTSIDERS WHO OBJECT TO THIS TAX BREAK GENTRIFICATION SCHEME!!!
Here are the highlights of a letter going to City Council today . . .
17th & Madison - HELP Needed
The City Council will vote this Thursday on whether or not to approve the developer's current proposal for 17th & Madison. (The proposal is for 48 apartments; the size is 50% larger than zoning allows; plus they ask for tax abatement.)
This Project should be held to CURRENT ZONING because that zoning best reflects the character of and best protects the Westside and is the result of an extraordinary effort which was supervised by City Planning Staff. It took over two years to complete; over 400 people participated in the process; with at least 8 large meetings; and small meetings on every block in the neighborhood. This process should be respected.
The Westside underwent this downzoning because the development downtown began to overflow into the Westside and developers began proposing out of scale projects that put pressure on the single-family character of the Westside and threatened dislocation of the local Latino community.
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE OUT OF SCALE PROJECTS ZONING WAS DESIGNED TO STOP.
I oppose this project it because:
- it changes the character of the Westside
- threatens the single-family housing which is vital to the health of downtown and serves the DT goal of diverse housing options;
Tax Abatement for this project makes no sense because THE WESTSIDE IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE NEIGHBORHOODS IN KC. Houses close to the proposed development are selling for over $600,000 and I understand there is a contract on a building for almost $1 Mil.
Tax abatement on this project will easily lead to an expensive, and very public referendum, which seems like a bad thing for City government.
I ask that you please deny this application so our zoning will be respected, our tax base will be increased and the Westside will be protected.
Thanks for your time and consideration and I ask that you please vote against the proposed project at 17th & Madison.