Summary of Vivion Corridor Streetscape - Chouteau to Highland

Kansas City, MO

Contact Information

Organization: Kansas City, MO
Contact person: Mario Vasquez
Title: Project Manager
Phone: 8165136984
Organization address: 414 E 12th Street
  Kansas City, MO    64106

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Vivion Corridor Streetscape - Chouteau to Highland
G8.2 Project description: This project aims to begin improvements along Vivion Road from Highland Avenue to Chouteau Trafficway. This project will implement the Vivion Road Streetscape plan which was developed by the City and surrounding neighborhoods. The plan calls for improvements to Vivion Road so that it can transform into a complete multi-modal corridor that accommodates all modes of transportation.
G8.3 Project contact: Mario Vasquez
4721 Coal Mine Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64130
G1. Project Type: Other TAP-Transportation Aesthetics & Scenic Values
G2. Funding Stream: TAP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Missouri
G5. Project county: 1. Clay
G6. Project municipality: 1. Kansas City, MO
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? Yes
The partners on this project are Northland Neighborhoods Inc., an umbrella organization that provides services in neighborhoods within Clay and Platte Counties. The Tax Increment Finance Commission has allocated funding for the project as part of the 3rd Amendment to the Antioch Crossing Tax Increment Financing Plan.
G8.4 Purpose and need: This project implements the Vivion Road Streetscape Plan. The vision of the plan is to connect residents, businesses and the surrounding community to the many assets that exist within the corridor. Key in this effort is the recognition that Vivion Road is a US Highway and as such, is currently designed principally to facilitate the movement of vehicles and freight. The road cuts through an urbanized section of Kansas City and as currently constructed, Vivion Road is devoid of basic elements that are typical in a city environment. The corridor lacks curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes or bike accommodations, and many other elements found in areas that are considered vibrant and welcoming. The intent of the plan and of this project is to begin the transformation of Vivion Road by injecting basic elements that are necessary for a roadway to serve the people that live in the surrounding area and not just those who travel through it.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
US 69
NE Highland
NE Chouteau
.9 miles
G10. Functional Classification: Minor Arterial
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? No   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
This project supports the implementation of the Vivion Road Streetscape Plan.
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
This project has been included in the Citys Capital Improvement Program starting in the year 2015. The City of Kansas City has provided funding to complete the streetscape plan, a traffic study, and to conduct the necessary public outreach to keep residents, property owners, and businesses informed of our efforts. In addition, the project has been part of the Antioch Crossing Tax Increment Financing Plan.
G14. Planning stage: Conceptual Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? Yes
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: Not started
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? No
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
The vision of the streetscape plan is supported by 6 guiding principles as follows:
Economic Development - elevate the market potential of existing commercial development and promote additional private investment.
Character & Identity - Create an inviting, aesthetically distinct, and well-maintained corridor inspired in part by the history of Vivion Road and surrounding neighborhoods.
Mobility & Connectivity - Optimize safety and accessibility for all modes of transportation. Connect residents to the businesses and amenities that define Vivion Road.
Uses & Amenities - Identify and capitalize on opportunities to provide amenities along the corridor.
Sustainability - Incorporate sustainable strategies and materials that limit environmental impact, reduce energy consumption, and result in lower maintenance demands.
Utilities and Infrastructure - Transform Vivion Road into a modern urban roadway, minimizing the visual impact of existing utility systems.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: The demographic analysis completed as part of the Streetscape plan identified several notable characteristics of the surrounding area. First, that the areas population is slightly older than the population of the city as a whole. The median age of residents in the surrounding area is higher than the median age of residents in the city. This suggests an aging population.
The second characteristic discovered during the planning process is that the income of the residents in the surrounding area has been decreasing over the past 15 years. Average household income within census tracts in the project area have decreased from 2000 to 2014 while incomes throughout the city have grown or remained stable. The third and final characteristic revealed during the study is that he number of people who identify themselves as minority has increased.
The demographic work seems to indicate that this project will serve a population that is becoming increasingly diverse and is transitioning into retirement age with lower income.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: This project is the result of a 12 month long public engagement process guided by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in collaboration with Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. (NNI). The two entities have entered into a cooperative agreement whereby the City leverages NNIs established communication networks and organizational infrastructure to engage the community in identifying, prioritizing, and pursuing the completion of necessary transportation improvements within and along the project area. To date, the City and NNI have regularly convened stakeholder committee composed of residents and property owners
G21. Planned Public Engagement: As the project proceeds forward, the team intends to continue the application of public engagement techniques including design workshops, public open houses, distribution of materials in print form and other techniques as necessary.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living-------Compact, Walkable Centers--- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network----------- ----Green Infrastructure-------Integrated Trail System--- Mixed-Density Neighborhoods-----------Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ----Repair Strip Corridors---Retail/Rooftop Relationships------- -----Unique Community Characteristics
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: This project addresses many regional objectives. Our goal is to transform Vivion Road into a complete street by adding missing elements. We can "soften" this US highway by adding sidewalks, bike facilities, trail connections, street trees, better lighting, and better access to transit stops. This will continue the transformation of an old and tired auto oriented retail corridor into a more integrated mixed use corridor. We can create a long trail system and connect the Vivion Trail and the new Big Shoal trail that is planned along the Big Shoal greenway. There are opportunities to incorporate sustainable features within this project. Retrofitting the corridor to meet conventional grey infrastructure standards would be prohibitive. Adding green infrastructure will be key. Lastly, we will create an identity for the corridor. Our plan includes a collection of markers and identifiers that will create a sense of place and recognize it as the lifeline of this area.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? No
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
High-Intensity and More_Walkable Centers The project is immediately adjacent to the Antioch Crossing shopping center. Primary access to the center is through vehicular access. This project aims to improve connectivity by adding bicycle facilities, sidewalks, and improving crosswalks, intersections, and also adding visual enhancements that make the corridor inviting to users.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
The project will serve Census Tract 204 in Clay County, Missouri which is identified as an environmental justice tract.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
Promote walkability thereby reducing reliance on motor vehicles.
G27. Natural Resource information: A type of enhancement that is typical of these types of projects is the addition of bioswales and/or rain gardens in order to promote water quality. At the concept level, this project envisions adding these types of features throughout the length of the corridor. Specifically, our planning efforts have identified the opportunity for this type of improvement to be added at the intersection of Antioch and Vivion.
In addition, the project also envisions modifications to the roadway lighting system by adding LED lighting which consumes less electricity and carries lower maintenance costs.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: This project is adjacent to the Centennial Parkway which runs along Chouteau Trafficway and is a planned MetroGrenn Corridor. Additionally, any efforts to improve water quality will benefit Rock Creek which lies to the west and down the hill of the project area.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: This project is supported by numerous plans and studies as follows:
Vivion Road Corridor Study, sponsored by MoDOT, which provided a number of concepts and ideas to transform Vivion Road.
Briarcliff-Winnwood Area Plan - This is a city plan of record for the area and identifies improvements along Vivion Road as necessary to support the stability of the neighborhoods within the planning area.
Trails KC Plan - Identifies a trail along Vivion Road as a key opportunity to provide alternative modes of transportation along the corridor.
Bike KC Masterplan - This plan, currently under revision, identifies Vivion Road as a key corridor where major separation between bicycles and cars is desired.
KCATA Stop Optimization Analysis - This study has analyzed each bus route and identified transit quality, efficiency and safety in order to make each stop accessible. This project will support the improvements proposed by this study.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No Project will add several elements to Vivion Road/US 69 which is currently designed to meet highway standards. Project will curbs and sidewalks, street trees, ADA ramps, and, where possible, the project will seek to extend the Vivion Trail which currently terminates at the southwest corner of Vivion and Highland.
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
Project will provide curbs and sidewalks.
Mobility Aids:       
Project will add ADA accessible ramps, marked crosswalks, and APS systems at signalized intersections.
Project will add a trail and/or on street bike facilities.
Transit Riders:       
Project will provide better connectivity to transit stops.
Green Streets:       
Green infrastructure will be incorporated along various locations.

Project Financial Information

TAP Federal amount: 500  (Thousands of $)
TAP Match amount: 500  (Thousands of $)
TAP Year requested: 2021
Source of Local Match: Tax Increment Finance Commission of Kansas City. Antioch Crossing Tax Increment Financing Plan. 3rd Amendment.
Explain: The 3rd amendment to the Antioch Crossing Tax Increment Financing Plan was adopted by the Tax Increment Finance Commission on 5/10/2017. This amendment provides $500,000 towards the implementation of the Vivion Road Streetscape Plan. The City Council approved the commissions recommendation by ordinance No. 170424 adopted on June 17, 2017. In order to execute the project, the City will request that the Commission designate the City as the developer of the project. With that designation, the City will assume responsibility for the implementation of the project and execute it in accordance with any requirements imposed by the commission. Should a grant be awarded to the project, the requirements of the LPA program will supersede those of the commission and the City will execute the project in accordance with the requirements of the LPA program.
Scope Change: If phasing becomes a necessity, the improvements can be shortened. The highest priority is to improve the area around Chouteau Trafficway and extend as far west as feasible. The ultimate goal is to connect to Highland but the project can be shortened to Gaddy Road or Antioch if necessary.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway:   %
Transit: 10  %
Bike: 25  %
Pedestrian: 50  %
Other: 15  %

Supporting Documents

Share your comments

We welcome your feedback on this. Comments from the public will be shared with project sponsors and the evaluating committee. If you wish to be contacted directly about your comment, please note this. Comments can be viewed by all visitors.

Share your comments about the plan

Full name:
Zip code:
  Make comment public  

Verify that you are human:

What color is this dog's nose?

Submitted comments

Arnold Nguyen said...

This project is definitely needed for the area. Currently, there are a lack of bike and pedestrian facilities on Vivion between Highland and Chouteau. Adding bike/ped facilities there would allow nearby residents to travel between their neighborhood and Antioch Crossings shopping area. This would also be a nice route for people who are running in that area.

5/5/2018 6:41:05 PM

600 Broadway, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64105
Fax 816/421-7758

MARC programs that receive federal funding may not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color or national origin, according to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Title VI policy | Americans with Disabilities Act resources

MARC Home Page MARC Transportation Home Page