Summary of Woodland Plaza: Planning Equitable Transportation Investments in a Redeveloping Community


Contact Information

Organization: KCATA
Contact person: Shawn Strate
Title: Planning Manager
Phone: 816-585-3672
Organization address: 1200 E. 18th Street
  Kansas City, MO    64108

General Information

Project title: Woodland Plaza: Planning Equitable Transportation Investments in a Redeveloping Community
Project description: The intent of this project is to plan for multi-modal transportation linkages and infrastructure for a dense, redeveloping and highly diverse community. Planning is essential to provide multimodal transportation options and equitable access to jobs, health care, healthy food, education and civic participation for the many constituencies that traverse this area. This project serves to connect not only the current planning and development that is underway for City and transit infrastructure, but also the planning that is underway within the institutions, service providers, neighborhoods, and large landowners of the Paseo Gateway area. The study area is centered on Independence Avenue and Woodland Avenue, and extends west to I-35 and the Downtown Loop, east to Brooklyn Avenue and south to 12th Street. The study area includes institutions such as the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Woodland Early Learning Center, Samuel L. Rodgers Health Center, the new headquarters of Legal Aid of Western Missouri, the Zahner Company campus, the KC Community Kitchen, Della Lamb Community Center, City Union Mission, and Hope Faith Ministries and new 85 affordable new residential and 3 commercial properties being developed by Brinshore Development Company and Westside Housing Organization. Throughout the planning process, these organizations and more will be engaged in an effort to assure that transportation plans and investments in the area consider first and foremost the needs of the populations they serve and how their clients, residents, and employees arrive at their doors in a safe, timely, and carefully designed way.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Project
Project Contact: Shawn Strate
Project Location: Kansas City, MO; Jackson County between Independence Ave and 12th St; Brooklyn Avenue and I-35.
Project Scope: The project scope will be executed in approximately six months and organized into three phases: 1) Discovery, 2) Strategy, 3) Implementation Plan. The first two months of Discovery will coalesce the Advisory Committee, focus groups of involved area organizations and existing recent data and studies on the movement of people in this area and the increasing trends based on new development underway. The project team will also engage the City Departments of Planning, Housing, Public Works and Parks and Recreation to assure coordination with ongoing planning, design, development and construction in the Paseo Gateway. (The Independence Avenue BRT Feasibility Study and well as the Bike KC plan will be finalized by the time of this project kickoff. The data and analysis of these studies will inform the mobility hub project.) Based on the information gathered during the Discovery phase, the project team will craft 2-4 alternative comprehensive sets of strategies to address the assets and challenges of transportation and redevelopment in this area (Phase 2: Strategy). These strategies will be reviewed and edited for approval by the involved area organizations. The project seeks to finalize a set of strategies for fostering multi-modal transportation that all involved organizations, both public and private, agree upon and commit to adopting into their strategic plans for this area. The adoption process will likely take longer than the six months of this project scope. During Phase 3, the project team will synthesize findings and document the agreed upon strategies, as well as organizational roles and commitments related to multi-modal transit-oriented development improvements. This Implementation Plan will also outline timeframes for components of the strategies and indicators of success agreed upon by the collective of organizations. The boundary for the area will continue to be refined during the process through participation of area organizations. Meetings: Weekly internal team meetings Four (4) Advisory Committee meetings (Kickoff, and end of each phase) Six (6) Focus Group meetings (2 rounds of 3 focus groups – 1 round during Discovery phase and 1 round during Strategy phase) Monthly client review meetings Deliverables: Baseline report on assets and challenges of area organizations related to transit oriented development (including number of people travelling to this area regularly, frequent travel patterns, and forecast based on current development) 2-4 Alternative sets of TOD strategies for the area Implementation Plan (as described in Phase 3 above)

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 30.2  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 22.6  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 22.6  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 7.6  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: Westside Housing ($4,600), Brinshore ($3,000)

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