Summary of 63rd Street Corridor Project Development

Kansas City, MO

Contact Information

Organization: Kansas City, MO
Contact person: Mario Vasquez
Title: Project Manager
Phone: 8165136984
E-mail: mario.vasquez@kcmo.org
Organization address: 4721 Coal Mine Road
  Kansas City, MO    64130


General Information

Project title: 63rd Street Corridor Project Development
Project description: The project will focus on improving mobility and transportation options along the 63rd Street Corridor in Kansas City, Missouri. This project will identify mobility and connectivity solutions at three activity centers along 63rd - at Troost/Rockhill, Oak/Holmes, and Brookside/Main. Each of these 3 locations is home to commercial activity that serves surrounding neighborhoods. The common concern at these locations is that vehicular traffic poses a risk to other modes of transportation. Speeding, excess roadway capacity, conflicting turning movements, gaps in sidewalks and trails, make pedestrian and bicycle transportation difficult through this corridor. Although there are many very walkable/bikeable places around the project, 63rd Street serves as or is perceived as a barrier in many cases. Through this project we will evaluate transportation conditions and develop concept-level with recommendations for improvements at these nodes, as well as develop a template that will guide improvements connecting the nodes. The plan will also develop a toolbox of streetscape elements along the corridor. Much of the corridor is in a period of stability, has recently undergone substantial redevelopment, or is primed for reinvestment. Although there has been significant investment in revitalization recently, the condition of the existing transportation network has long been identified as an item that needs to be addressed for the corridor to function successfully. The project is proposed as a 3rd phase of planning and improvements for 63rd Street. Phase 1 was completed from the SE Community Center at Swope Park on the east to Prospect on the west. Planning for Phase 2 is under way from Prospect on the west to Troost on the East. Our proposed project is the logical next planning phase. In addition, project timing is crucial. Major public and private investments in the planning area are taking place and more are planned. The project is needed so improvements can be coordinated, not only between the City, developers and property owners, but also between City departments, business associations, neighborhoods and other major stakeholders. Disjointed projects compound the existing challenges and, in some cases, may limit the viability of near- and long-term solutions. The surrounding community has recently participated in the completion of the Country Club/Brookside/Waldo Area Plan which was adopted by the City Council of Kansas February 22, 2018 by Resolution #180106. This plan provides a clear vision for the area with the following goals: Preserve and create desirable neighborhoods; create a walkable community; promote placemaking; and create and support thriving business districts. It is with these goals in mind that we intend to undertake this project and identify the types of projects and improvements, phasing and coordination that will advance this community forward. The project would also coordinate with current planning and design for on-street bikes lanes, elimination of unwarranted traffic signals, and an overall road diet on Meyer Boulevard. Meyer runs parallel to 63rd Street and is within the project area. Coordinating improvements between the two corridors is crucial to cross connectivity.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Project
Project Contact: Mario Vasquez
Project Location: Project is located in Kansas City, Missouri. The study area is bounded by 62nd Street Terrace to the north, Meyer Blvd. to the south, Troost Avenue to the east, and Wornall Road to the west.
Project Scope: This project consists of the development of concept-level design for three commercial nodes along 63rd Street: Troost/Rockhill, Oak, and Wornall/Main. The expected deliverable is a concept level design for all three locations. Typical sections showing connectivity along the three nodes will also be developed. In addition to concept-level design, this project will also develop an opinion of probable cost and recommended phasing that will be used for budgeting and implementation. More specifically, the project will require a physical assessment of the site, collection and analysis of traffic information, including traffic count, crash analysis, safety analysis, pedestrian counts, bicycle counts, bus stops, number of boardings, and all other relevant technical data. The project will analyze all signalized intersections as well as selected unsignalized intersections. Following the collection and analysis of technical data, the project will survey surrounding neighborhood residents, business owners, business groups and community groups to identify specific areas of concern. This data collection may be accomplished in a variety of ways including workshops, charrettes, and/or electronic surveys. Following the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, we intend to generate multiple design alternatives to begin to address problem areas and implement best practices. Once developed, alternatives will be presented to the general public and we will work to identify a preferred alternative. The preferred alternative will be further refined. A final opinion of probable cost will be presented with the selected preferred alternative. The final scope and public engagement strategies will be developed through the process but will include significant public participation and input. The 63rd Street corridor is generally active and engaged. Based on involvement in the recently adopted area plan, we expect significant participation from a diverse group of stakeholders including neighbors, business and property owners, commuters, transit riders and other key groups.

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 140  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 75  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 65  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 65  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: City of Kansas City, Troost & Brookside CIDs


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Billie Hufford said...

Continuing the eastward moving development along 63rd will be great for the area. Extend the project to 71.

6/27/2018 12:25:42 PM


Jenny Miller said...

The project will provide much needed improvement for a heavily traveled route and will continue to support current and new commercial districts bridging east/west divides.

6/28/2018 10:02:11 PM


Diane Burnette said...

this is a great idea but instead of the 3 districts why not look at 63rd as a whole from Wornall to 71 highway, very heavily traveled corridor for all modes especially pedestrians. we need to make this a better east/west link.

6/29/2018 10:07:36 AM


Matt Heinrich said...

This area definitely needs improvement as its such a highly traveled route. Coordinating plans now with upcoming improvements for city storm water change, Meyer blvd changes, and other options being considered at 63rd and Troost would be a very wise investment.

6/29/2018 11:16:04 AM


Emmanuel Obi said...

Needed for good quality of life and public safety. It also attracts investors to help build the community

6/29/2018 12:13:13 PM


Elizabeth Dansel said...

As a neighborhood mother of a young child, crossing 63rd street is usually the most harrowing part of a walk along the trolley trail to the Brookside Shops (crossing Meyers is also extremely dangerous - cars coming from all directions and a very wide road makes it very difficult to cross safely). A plan to more safely accommodate pedestrians & cyclists in this high traffic area would be a great benefit to users of the Trolley trail, as well as patrons who park, then walk to various shops in Brookside. Considering this would be the 3rd phase of contiguous planning along the 63rd street corridor makes this project a logical choice for funding.

6/29/2018 1:25:11 PM


Jenna Baker said...

63rd has been pretty dangerous for pedestrians for a long time. Creating a more vibrant 63rd street that allowed pedestrians to move more freely, safely and comfortably would be ideal for the area.

7/1/2018 9:58:45 AM


Jenna Baker said...

63rd has been pretty dangerous for pedestrians for a long time. Creating a more vibrant 63rd street that allowed pedestrians to move more freely, safely and comfortably would be ideal for the area.

7/1/2018 9:59:14 AM


Randy Irey said...

I am president of the Country Clubs District Homes Association. The area within our homes association is located on both sides of 63rd Street, two blocks west of Wornall. We are very interested in the development of a design for improving connectivity along 63rd Street Troost/Wornall as that area is the most important commercial area for our residents. Presently, traffic congestion in that area is a prime concern for our residents. We strongly support the proposed project.

7/1/2018 3:34:14 PM


Alicia Douglas said...

This is a great time to review and design 63rd Street with the both the present and future in mind. 63rd & Troost is a major transit, vehicle and pedestrian hub. What can we do to make safer pedestrian crossings, particularly as we venture east to the 63/Paseo/Meyer intersection? How can we make it more vibrant and pleasant for those who live in the area and those who are just passing through to get to the highway? As we begin to plan and design, lets also look at what other projects are going so we can integrate those processes and build synergies. Lets not beauty the road and destroy it the following week. Lets streamline and make 63rd beautiful from Brookside to US-71.

7/2/2018 4:22:33 PM


Sean Ackerson said...

Strongly support this project and the idea of designing phase 3 of 63rd Street. There has been so much private investment in this stretch of 63rd, but 63rd Street traffic and the public space has yet to be tackled. A project that addresses long-standing conflicts on 63rd, and into designs being completed for 63rd east of Troost and Meyer south of 63rd is very timely. The plan provides opportunities to connect the last missing segment of the Trolley Trail, address mobility, and eliminate 63rd as a pedestrian barrier. Lets do it!

7/2/2018 5:21:09 PM


Scott Claassen said...

There has been a lot of private investment along 63rd, but the current public infrastructure does not support that. As a regular pedestrian and driver along 63rd, the street does not "flow" from either perspective. This project is exactly the correct step to provide necessary coordination along the corridor.

7/2/2018 6:04:04 PM


Michelle Pitsenberger said...

As a property owner in Brookside, First Washington Realty supports the 63rd Street initiative. This will help our community evaluate and create design improvements to address the many concerns related to speeding, wide lanes, conflicting turning movements, gaps in sidewalks and trails, difficult crossings, old curbs and sidewalks, needed landscaping and limited parking. This initiative is a great step forward!

7/2/2018 6:22:22 PM


Victoria Brown said...

A new place to park Better trash cans Pavement needs to be redone The lines in the parking lots A STOP sign at the baskin robins and Tuesday Morning crosswalk A repositioning of the dumpsters The plumbing should be checked The plaza lamps should be checked Any fencing, gates, bike rails, tree posts, should be checked Fire hydrants, fire extinguishers should be checked Any tree branches that hang over wiring should be checked and trimmed the transformers should be checked They should add a swing set to the park in the jalapeños parking lot

7/2/2018 8:24:00 PM


Chris Hilderhof said...

Consideration for this effort will provide a solid 63rd Street plan that helps us address several issues in Brookside – pedestrian crossings, trail connection, on-street parking, improved turning movements, coordinated improvements.

7/2/2018 8:24:43 PM


Jan Buerge said...

As both a business owner AND a resident of Brookside, I am excited about all the new development, the continued strength of retail and services in Brookside and the new developments along 63rd Street. However, with increased traffic and continued popularity of the Brookside area, there are numerous improvements for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic that are needed to keep our area vibrant and safe. This coordinated planning effort is vitally important as we look to safely address pedestrian crossings, trail connections, and parking. I support this effort for a coordinated plan.

7/2/2018 9:03:08 PM


Delena Stout said...

I have been a business owner in Brookside for over 15 years. Over those years we have gotten to know several of our customers on a personal level who live, shop and enjoy the restaraunts in Brookside.One of the topics that come up a lot is the lack of walkability and parking within the Brookside. Due to the lack of parking, most of our patrons enjoy walking, however, it can be a challenge, even dangerous. The crosswalk has helped, there is still confusion. When I was President of the Brookside Merchants Assoc. I stated in an article that Brookside was a small town in a big city, a hidden jewel. I would like to say that we as a community would keep this jewel and make it shine.

7/3/2018 7:30:20 AM


Angie Williams said...

Im in support of a process/funding that would improve pedestrian crossings, Trolley trail connection, on-street parking, improved turning movements, coordinated public improvements, streetscape, connection to improvements on 63rd east of Troost and Meyer parallel to 63rd

7/3/2018 9:17:17 AM


Wanda Taylor said...

Better public transportation hooking up with the Troost Max to head west would be great since parking is difficult in the area. It would be wonderful if there was a parking lot specifically devoted to folks who want to park near Troost and 63rd and then ride the bus to nearby shops and to the future street car. The buildings at the northwest side of Troost and 63rd need some attention, especially the small former Chinese restaurant.

7/3/2018 10:35:11 AM


John Couture said...

63rd Street is becoming such a vital East/West link for KC. Investing in new sidewalks, Trolley Trail connections, and streetscape improvements moving East would be wonderful for our entire community.

7/3/2018 12:30:20 PM


Elizabeth Bremser said...

As 30 year plus Brookside homeowner and Brookside small business owner I see these proposed improvements as essential to the integration of the 63rd Street corridor. As a major thoroughfare, 63rd Street and the many adjoining neighborhoods would benefit greatly. While Brookside has become a bit more pedestrian friendly over the past 20 years, there are still a large number of projects that would enhance the living and shopping experience in this area. A coordinated effort to bring these three "commercial nodes" together is a great idea.

7/3/2018 1:38:05 PM


Timothy D Ahlenius said...

As president of Southtown Council, I am all to aware of how this corridor is vital to the area we represent. With the new developments that have occurred along East 63rd, coupled with the historic western end of Brookside, we know the importance of this street. Also, being one of the longest intersecting roads in Kansas City, stretching from Nall Blvd in Mission, KS to Eastern Raytown, MO, there is fewer roads that transverse a wider economic area filled with a prototypical sampling of Kansas City residents. Starting with this proposed stretch of 63rd St, it is our hope that it can continue eastward towards Bruce R Watkins Dr and the positive energy that area is heading towards.

7/5/2018 11:26:31 AM


Khara Cosentino said...

I fully support this project. As a business owner, and former resident of Brookside, this plan can help address the parking needs which has been a major issues for years. It will also help with other much needed improvements such as sidewalks, landscape, connection of the Trolley Trail, and difficult crossings.

7/5/2018 11:46:48 AM


Khara Cosentino said...

I fully support this project. As a business owner, and former resident of Brookside, this plan can help address the parking needs which has been a major issues for years. It will also help with other much needed improvements such as sidewalks, landscape, connection of the Trolley Trail, and difficult crossings.

7/5/2018 11:46:49 AM


Chuck Naylor said...

I too fully support this project. As a business owner (Brooksider Sportsbar & Grill), this plan can help address the parking needs which has been a major issues for years. The western, gateway intersections, at 63rd and Wornall / 63rd and Meyer are key to making Brookside a desirable destination for residents and commerce. Improved use of space along the tennis courts via perpendicular parking (90 degree) is a no-brainer that could be implemented at a very low cost. The project will also help with other much needed improvements such as sidewalks, landscape, connection of the Trolley Trail, and difficult crossings.

7/6/2018 5:03:03 PM


Chuck Naylor said...

I too fully support this project. As a business owner (Brooksider Sportsbar & Grill), this plan can help address the parking needs which has been a major issues for years. The western, gateway intersections, at 63rd and Wornall / 63rd and Meyer are key to making Brookside a desirable destination for residents and commerce. Improved use of space along the tennis courts via perpendicular parking (90 degree) is a no-brainer that could be implemented at a very low cost. The project will also help with other much needed improvements such as sidewalks, landscape, connection of the Trolley Trail, and difficult crossings.

7/6/2018 5:03:08 PM


Laura Marcus Mountjoy said...

The safety of families and our quality of lifeis are compromised when traffic goes unchecked. Speeding and inattentive drivers have made 63rd St.often a dangerous area. It is very important to me to have this area redone to enhance public safety.

7/6/2018 10:45:08 PM


 


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