Friday, March 29, 2019
KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR BLIGHT STUDY DEVELOPS PLAN TO REMOVE PO'FOLK FROM MIDTOWN!!!
Good luck to developers looking to transform this part of town that's been rough since 70s. More likely, a few naive hipsters are going to find themselves confronting real danger by mistakenly thinking they can walk around at night in this part of town without packing heat.
KC Biz Journal: Ahead of streetcar line, PIEA looks to draft affordable Midtown housing plan
As the streetcar's path toward expansion into Midtown solidifies, an area incentive organization is looking for ways to ensure affordable housing is part of the city's next development boom.
Kansas City's Planned Industrial Expansion Authority presented a preliminary plan to create a proactive Midtown affordable housing area at its meeting last week.
PIEA Executive Director David Macoubrie presented the plan, which he said the organization has been working on as a way to get ahead of the streetcar extension, which likely will lead to an increase in development in the area similar to when the streetcar was built in the Crossroads Arts District. Although the area that would fall under the plan has not been finalized, it would run roughly along Main Street from 31st for 43rd streets.
Setting up a proactive plan for a large swath of Midtown along the streetcar line allows for ease of development with specific projects. By creating an area plan, it allows the PIEA to do a blight study and create a general development plan for the area ahead of a developer showing interest. Doing so ahead of time saves developers money on the blight study and months' worth of time, allowing projects to start earlier and be more appealing to developers . . .
Translation . . .
IT'S A TRAP!!! THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN IS THE OPPOSITE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOPES TO PUSH ALL OF THE PO'FOLK AWAY FROM THE MAIN STREET CORRIDOR!!! IT'S A LAND GRAB!!!
How do we know this???
BECAUSE PIEA HASN'T EVER DONE ANYTHING BUT SERVE AS A TOOL FOR DEVELOPERS!!!
This is not all doom and gloom. Those who don't get carried away by hype might have a pretty great opportunity to fleece greedy and increasingly desperate developers.
Meanwhile, there's a naive hope that the growing number of Kansas Cioty hobos who dominate this area will move along from this swath of land given the upscale development . . . Sadly, that hasn't happened anywhere else in Western Civilization.
Developing . . .