Call it a $140 million makeover.
Prospect Avenue is about to get an infusion of millions of dollars that will help the area prosper and overcome years of poverty.
The public and private sector are planning nearly $140 million in projects in the next several years, developments the community will join together to celebrate on July 15 at the Emmanuel Community Center, 3510 Prospect Ave.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is sponsoring a celebration of six major projects planned for Prospect Avenue in the coming years. The event –- “Progress on Prospect” –- will run from 5 to 7 p.m.
The celebration will include a short ceremony at 6 p.m. featuring Kansas City Mayor Sly James and a video showcasing the major projects that are now underway or are planned for Prospect Avenue.
Topping the list of investments is $74 million for the new Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol Campus now under construction in a four-block area near 27th & Prospect. Funded by a sales tax renewed by Kansas City voters in 2010, the project upgrades police facilities for the 21st Century. The new police station is scheduled to be completed early next year.
Rendering of KCPD East Patrol.
Private investment planned for Prospect includes the $3.6 million Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church’s Youth and Family Life Center at 27th & Prospect. The center’s mission is to help families with tutoring, job-training skills, counseling, as well as health and wellness programs.
Rendering of Morningstar Youth & Family Life Center.
Another $12 million project is planned for Prospect with a new Linwood Shopping Center development that will include a new Sun Fresh Market.
The KCATA, in partnership with the city of Kansas City, Mo., also is planning to bring a higher level of public transportation to the corridor with a $43 million MAX bus rapid transit line, similar to what already operates on the Main Street and Troost corridors. The proposed new rapid bus line would extend nine miles along Prospect from about 75th Street into downtown Kansas City. KCATA is actively pursuing federal and local funding for the route.
Check out a video preview from the City of Kansas City, Mo.