City pushes to move forward with urban redevelopment project

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — City officials hope to breathe new life into the Citadel Plaza Project which got its start more than a decade ago. The development includes seven city blocks around 63rd and Prospect and it has been at a standstill because of environmental issues.

City officials and consultants spoke with residents and business owners from the area about a new study paid for by the city. The study showed there is a stigma involving crime. It is economically depressed and people are leaving the area.

The positives include the close proximity to 71 Highway and the bus line. For the project to succeed consultants recommended attracting Target and other large retailers.

City officials said they still intend to proceed, which will involve selling the idea to new financial backers.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Southeast Community Center.



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