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HNMA Receives $3,000 Grant to Implement Early Action Project

We are excited to announce that the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association (HNMA) was awarded a $3,000 Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) grant to help implement one of the three early action projects identified by the community in the Northeast Area Master Plan process: the development of a neighborhood grocery store.

Connected to the overall theme of “A Food Hub,” the development of a neighborhood grocery has been identified as a top community priority for implementation. Working with local community members, HNMA and the planning team have created a strategy for developing the first phases of this important initiative. In addition to the NRF grant, the Unified Government has dedicated resources to moving this project forward.

In other good news, the Turtle Hill Community Association also received a NRF grant in the amount of $3,000 for the Kids Art in Douglass Park project at the orchard located at 5th & Washington Boulevard. This project is a part of the Turtle Hill Summer Youth Art Camp.

The Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) is a funding collaborative managed by the Community Capital Fund (CCF) and Greater Kansas City LISC that provides grants up to $3,000 for high-impact community projects and neighborhood revitalization initiatives that help build stronger and more effective neighborhood organizations in low to moderate income areas throughout Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.

We look forward to announcing the next phases of the neighborhood grocery store early action project!


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Join Us for Community Meeting 3 on March 13

Community participation throughout this planning process has been great, but it’s not over yet! We need your help shaping the Plan’s proposed themes and prioritizing the ideas and projects the community has brought to the table over the last few months.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 13, for Community Meeting 3. We will hold two identical meetings at 12:00pm and 6:00pm at Bertram Caruthers Elementary School (1100 Waverly Avenue, Kansas City, KS). We will meet the Community Liaisons, listen to your feedback on four proposed Plan Themes and follow-up on the three Early Action Projects selected by Community Meeting 2 attendees.

If you’re just jumping into the process now, you can download all past meeting materials and the summaries of feedback we have received at the Documents page.


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Read the Community Meeting 2 Summary

The summary of Community Meeting 2 is now available! Thank you to the over 125 community members who attended the afternoon or evening sessions of Community Meeting 2 on December 5, 2017.  We have posted a summary of the voting results, feedback and ideas shared at this meeting entitled Visioning for Place Types of the Northeast Area.  You can also download all of the Community Meeting 2 materials and scanned copies of the activity posters and feedback we received at the Documents page.

Are we missing something? Let us know using our Contact Form.


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Community Members Gather to Shape a Vision for the Northeast Area and Voting Results Are In!

Over 125 people attended the Community Meeting 2 afternoon and evening sessions on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. A big thanks to Neff Packaging and Grant Elementary School for hosting the meetings. At both sessions, Northeast Area residents and stakeholders shared their visions for different place types in the community and voted for their favorite TLC Early Action Project from a list of 10 final project concepts. The final projects were generated from over 120 ideas submitted at Community Meeting 1 in October based on popularity, diversity and feasibility.

And the results are in! These 3 Early Action Project ideas received the most votes totaled across the afternoon and evening sessions:

#1 – Further explore the cooperative community-owned grocery model, and invite experts to the community to teach us how it’s done (31 votes)

#2 – Work with YouthBuild on rehab of homes on a “model block” identified by community (17 votes)

#3 – Develop program for health services at Quindaro Community Center clinic space, and identify willing service providers (15 votes)

These 3 TLC Early Action Projects, which will get the ball rolling on larger initiatives and strategies, will be refined and developed moving forward. If you’re interested in volunteering to help organize or implement an Early Action Project, please let us know using the Contact page.

If you weren’t able to attend Community Meeting 2, you can view the Community Meeting 2 Presentation and send us your comments using the Contact page. Community Meeting 3 will be held in early 2018, with date and times to be determined. Be sure to sign up to receive email updates if you haven’t already!