A proposal for $27.6 million in public funds was unveiled Thursday with the hope of completing the long-sought revitalization of Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine Jazz District.
The request represents a nearly fourfold increase from a $7 million proposal last December for improvements to the district.
City Manager Troy Schulte and City Councilman Jermaine Reed, who represents the jazz district, urged City Council support Thursday for the public funds, which they said could help leverage $12 million in private dollars.
Schulte said that over the past 25 years, the city has helped the district in a piecemeal way. This time, he urged the city to “do it right and declare victory once and for all at 18th and Vine.”
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