Summary of Gateway Project

Sugar Creek

Contact Information

Organization: Sugar Creek
Contact person: Mike Larson
Title: Mayor
Phone: 8162524400
Organization address: 103 S. Sterling
  Sugar Creek, MO    64054

General Information

Project title: Gateway Project
Project description: Sugar Creek, Missouri is a small City bounded by Independence, Missouri the Missouri River, and nearby KCMO and Liberty, Missouri. Once a thriving center of Industrial activity, primarily a refinery, the City has lost employment opportunities and suffered from environmental impacts related to the refinery. Further, limited connectivity to transportation has isolated Sugar Creek from main stream opportunities. The City has recently appointed an Economic Development Commission (EDC) to explore economic development incentives and opportunities to support and sustain the City. The City has identified several key opportunities to attract developers. While the Citys limits extend east beyond 291 Highway, which offers commercial/industrial opportunities and good highway access, the gateway to the Citys downtown is located on the west side near 24 Highway and Sterling Avenue. The City has site control of a significant portion of the land in this area, and currently offers several recreational amenities including a baseball stadium, smaller ball fields, a park, basketball courts, tennis courts, access to the Missouri River for fishing and recreation and other open space. Sugar Creek would like to formally plan this area to reflect the modern Complete Streets type of streetscape development, and to attract a mixed-use development. It is envisioned that the plan would build upon the amenities the City already has in place and provide a concept for a walkable, bikeable and overall accessible gateway to the City. The City has a very stable, loyal population; however, many are facing challenges to aging in place. The City would like to attract developers to provide accessible housing to ensure our committed residents can continue to age within our community.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Project
Project Contact: Mayor Mike Larson
Project Location: Sterling Avenue and 24 Highway - the gateway to Downtown Sugar Creek Generally to the north to Norledge, to the south to 24 Highway, to the west to Carlisle and to the east to Sterling Ave.
Project Scope: The City would like to procure a planning proposal that will: - research and assemble demographic data pertinent to our community - work with our community stakeholders to solicit input about current experiences, wishes for the future, and how the community views the City - develop plan that the City can use to develop RFPs to attract developers and tenants/users to the City to ultimately provide housing types that are not currently available, job opportunities, goods and services and other needs identified throughout the planning process. The City has available retail spaces along its main street (Sterling Avenue), and generally offers affordable housing options. It is in need of a refresh/modernization to demonstrate that it has the offerings to attract new and younger families.

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 200  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 150  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 125  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 50  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: General Funds

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