Lee's Summit Municipal Airport Improvements Require Voter Approval of Tax Levy

After years of debate, improvements for Lee's Summit Municipal Airport, including extending its runways, are on the city's five-year plan for capital improvements. The Lee's Summit City Council's plan for financing the project's last phases includes a...

"My view, based on my five or six months on the job, is that this community is in a position to experience residential and commercial growth the likes of which it hasn't seen for 25 or 30 years," he said.

The Plaza at Adams Farm

Blue Springs city officials are touting The Plaza at Adams Farm, a long-awaited project, as an anchor in the Adams Dairy Parkway corridor.

The 900,000 square-foot, $100-million-plus commercial development formerly known as Coronado Plaza is to be developed on 123 acres on the east side of Adams Dairy Parkway near Adams Pointe Golf Course.

Although City Council approval is pending, the project has received overwhelming support from civic and city leaders, as well as other residents. At a recent Planning Commission public hearing, supporters outnumbered opponents, a rare situation.

"I really believe that this project is a paradigm shift for development in this community," said Starner.

"What you saw was civic and business leaders taking ownership of the community. That has been a silent community for a long time. They now say we need to give the business community an opportunity to develop."

Developer Tom Dellaportas is pouring $85 million into the project, and the city is supplementing that with $30 million in tax-increment financing.

Former Blue Springs Mayor Greg Grounds, who is representing Dellaportas, said many national retail stores and more than a dozen restaurants have expressed interest in the proposed site.

Kansas City Star

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