Kansas City Council approves $7 million for improvements at 18th & Vine

Months of fierce debate culminated Thursday with the Kansas City Council unanimously approving $7 million for a new phase of improvements in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.

The decision marked a significant reduction from an earlier proposal to spend as much as $27.6 million over the next three years to help 18th & Vine reach its full potential.

But the approval gives the district a shot of adrenaline and holds out the possibility of much more public funding in two future phases.

Jermaine Reed, 3rd District Councilman and the prime mover behind the plan, said the projected phases of city investment should help “stimulate the private development needed to revitalize the district and also continue the momentum.”

Read more: Kansas City Star

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