Reinvestment at 18th and Vine aims to attract more visitors to the historic Jazz District

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A $27 million dollar investment will soon be poured into the area of 18th and Vine, but what does it mean for the Jazz District and its visitors and businesses?

When you’re new to Kansas City, out-of-towners will often make their way to the historic neighborhood.

“I Googled things to do in Kansas City and it led me here, right up to this street here. There’s a lot of museums and a lot of culture,” said Courtney Evans who is visiting from Florida.

The Kansas City Council approved $7 million on Thursday to get a revitalization plan started. The hope is to bring in more visitors. This is a pit stop for Evans who is on a cross-country tour.

“My first stop is the Jazz Museum,” he said.

Nasia Lee and her 100 family members were visiting for a reunion.

“I’ve heard a lot about it. I was excited to come,” she said.

The city has pumped more than $70 million in 18th and Vine since 1990, but it has yet to become the district everyone has hoped for. Chancie Hargas of Danny’s Big E-Z says this plan might change course of the neighborhood.

“The more people that can come down here, the more they can experience the history and the life that is still here,” said Hargas.

The plan will take be done in three phases with a price tag of $27 million. The city will first buy property, make some streetscape improvements, and renovate various buildings.