Kansas City Council unanimously decides to move ahead with 18th and Vine revitalization

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Big changes are coming to one of Kansas City's historic entertainment districts.  Kansas City Council approved a $27 million project to revitalize 18th & Vine, a unanimous decision.

The city will spend $27 million over the next 3 years to revive the Historic Jazz District. The first phase requires $7 million in initial funds.

The city will buy some of the remaining property not already under city control. It will fix up older buildings and construct new ones.

Mayor Sly James said passing this plan was group effort.

This is not a compromise. This was cooperation. Compromise would be less than optimal results. Cooperation reach that optimal results with an optimal path forward,” Mayor James said.

Councilman Jermaine Reed said work will begin within this year.

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