Summary of Missouri Riverfront Development Study

Kansas City, MO

Contact Information

Organization: Kansas City, MO
Contact person: Jimmi Lossing
Title: Senior Landscape Architect
Phone: 816-513-7627
E-mail: jimmi.lossing@kcmo.org
Organization address: 414 E 12 ST
  Kansas City, MO    64106


General Information

Project title: Missouri Riverfront Development Study
Project description: The 45 miles of Missouri River frontage extending from Bean Lake, Kansas to Sugar Creek, Missouri represents a major under-developed resource in the area. Since Lewis and Clark’s 1804-1806 discovery expedition, the Missouri River corridor was known as the gateway to the west as it runs from Montana to its confluence with the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri. There have been numerous studies done along the corridor relating to agriculture, commerce, flooding, levees, recreation, transportation, wildlife, and water quality. The goal of the Missouri Riverfront Development Study is to map a course of success for the development of the Missouri Riverfront through the study area. The Missouri Riverfront Development Study should tie together the pertinent portions of the previous studies, using recreation as a common thread, to foster sustainable recreational and economic development along the corridor. The recommended opportunities developed as a result of this study will aim to transform this area’s under-developed features into assets of regional significance. Special attention shall be given to opportunities that strengthen the corridor as a place that supports recreation, arts, and culture, that feature sustainable riverfront redevelopment practices, and provide a high return on investment. Coordinated recreational opportunities throughout the corridor could be used as a catalyst for greater economic development activities. Features such as trails, marinas, landings and ramps, fueling facilities, historic markers, dog parks, active and passive park zones, can “fuel” further development of retail, food and drink establishments, residential areas, hotels, art districts, and museums.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Project
Project Contact: Jimmi Lossing
Project Location: The project area is generally described as being a 2 mile buffer north and south of the Missouri River that from Bean Lake, KS to Sugar Creek, MO
Project Scope: Task A • Inventory previous development and master plans throughout the study corridor. • Inventory of the existing zoning and regulations impacting development throughout the study corridor. • Inventory of the public and private land holdings and attributes throughout the study corridor. • Map the corridor area to identify multi-modal access, jurisdictional boundaries, topography, floodway, levees, utilities, etc. • Conduct meetings with the various utility companies along the corridor to outline key present and future infrastructure, security, and access. • Conduct a thorough needs assessment by engaging the people and communities living, working, and playing in the study corridor. • Categorize key components of the plans as what has been developed, likely to be developed, and not likely to be developed. • Provide summary of similar efforts in other communities, such as Union, Washington, St Louis, and St Charles, MO: Omaha, NE; Sioux City, Des Moines, IA; Memphis-Mud Island, TN; Minneapolis, MN; and Oklahoma City, OK. • Develop a pallet of sustainable recreational and economic development opportunities and strategies based on the inventories and assessments. • Conduct meetings with users, stakeholders, regulators, boards, and elected officials to refine the list of opportunities. • Identify potential conflicting uses or interests. • Develop a list of other potential obstacles that could inhibit development. • Identify the opportunities to be developed using the principles described for ENVISION certification and the Kansas City Smart Sustainability Program. • Identify most probable aspects of the plan for public/private development opportunities. • Develop a list of preferred recommendations from the refined opportunities, based on input from the users, stakeholders, regulators, boards, and elected officials, ranked by level of support, connectivity, continuity, and impact on the triple bottom line. Deliverables: searchable map and listing of the public and private attributes, proposed zoning changes, and general locations of the refined list of opportunities will be an integral part of the deliverable package. MOU’s, marketing materials, website, and scope for a broker are also expected components of the deliverables

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 162.5  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 130  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 32.5  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 32.5  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: Public Improvement Advisory Committee Funding KCMO


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