Residents of Parkvilleand motorists traveling
through the city will soon see improvements
made to the citys infrastructure to help
alleviate traffic in downtown Parkville.
The formation of a Neighborhood Improvement District
has been approved by the Platte County Commission.
Landowners within the district will be responsible
for paying for the cost of the $9.9 million road
The project name is "Crooked Road to Hwy.
45 Neighborhood Improvement District," according
to the legal notice that proposed its formation.
That legal notice said construction of public
improvements related to a road connecting South
Crooked Road to Bell Road and Hwy. 45 to help
alleviate traffic issues in downtown Parkville
will be performed in this project. The project
will include construction of new public roads
to improve access in and around southern and western
Parkville, sanitary sewers, stormwater system
improvements and service connections to utilities.
All of the project cost will be assessed against
the owners of property within the district. The
final cost of the project to be assessed against
property owners shall not exceed the estimated
cost by more than 25%.
Improvements will be maintained by the City of
According to Jim Allen, managing director of
The National Golf Club, the improvements will
feature a 1.5 to 1.75 mile connector street from
River Hills to 45 Hwy., with a secondary connector
to Bell Road.
Tony Borchers, director of development for The
National, said that according to traffic engineer
recommendations earlier this year: These
improvements will relieve congestion in downtown
Parkville and reduce responder time for emergency
Allen and Borchers also realized the importance
of the connection with the development of the
Parkville Commons and the inadequacy of the roads
surrounding it, and the need to help The National
residents travel south easier. Allen stated that
the connection will allow residents of The National
to travel to the Parkville Commons without using
This is one step forward for the infrastructure
in the county, stated Allen. Its
a good way to get quality growth for the county.
According to Allen, the reason The National is
responsible for this project is because, it
cuts through the property we own, which is all
of the property in the (Neighborhood Improvement)
The 85 acres that encompasses the project are
100% owned by RP Golf LLC of Kansas City and J3-Pandi
LLC of Kansas City.
Allen explained that the $9.9 million cost of
the project will be assessed to both those entities.
When new residents buy into the district, they
will then be assessed on a per- square-foot portion
that will appear on their yearly tax bill.
Its a good way for counties like
Platte County to do infrastructure improvements
with the actual property thats benefiting
paying for it, instead of the general population,
Borchers stated the goal for construction of
the road project is slated for the first quarter
of 2005, depending on the weather. Completion
of the project is hoped to be completed 12 months
after the groundbreaking.
I think the project is a good thing. Were
very pleased with the entire city of Parkville
and Platte County, said Allen. Were
proud to say we live here and its the right
place to live in Kansas City. I think its
a lifestyle that cant be duplicated.