Public hearing set for Thursday at the Rock Island Bridge redevelopment area – Welcome to Wyandotte Daily!

A public hearing on the Riverfront Redevelopment District, which includes the redevelopment of the Rock Island Bridge, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, during the United Government Commission meeting. The development agreement received preliminary approval on March 29. The Kansas River Bridge is offered as a tourist and entertainment destination, with restaurants, hiking and biking trails. An architectural drawing by Gould Evans shows the bridge. (Illustration taken from the agenda of the UG committee of March 29)

The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 for several items, including a public hearing on the Riverfront Redevelopment District.

After the district public hearing, the commission will decide whether to adopt the Kaw River Bridge Development Agreement, the Bridge Rental Agreement and the Management Agreement. In addition, it will be asked to pass an ordinance adding property and modifying the existing waterfront redevelopment district.

The proposed $ 4.975 million bridge layout would include, among other things, trails, restaurants, cafe and bar, food court, retail, public gathering spaces and an event venue . The developer is Michael Zeller and Flying Truss LLC.

The development and lease agreements, contained in the UG May 13 program, call for the historic Rock Island Bridge to be turned over to the Unified Government for $ 1. The Kaw River Bridge is near the stockyard area and HyVee Arena.

A previous development agreement with Kansas City, Missouri, describes a public and private partnership to develop hiking and biking trail systems and make bridge improvements for 25 years. The bridge, built in 1905, is currently owned by the city of Kansas City, Missouri.

The deal asks the MU to provide $ 2 million for the project from the MU’s Convention and Tourism Fund. These funds come from tourist dollars spent in Wyandotte County. Community improvement districts with a sales tax are proposed. A Tax Increase Financing District (TIF) has been established for the area. Financing by industrial bonds is proposed.

The development deal received preliminary approval at a UG committee meeting on March 29. At the meeting, economic development officials said the bridge was seen as a catalyst for the region’s future growth. More details on the deal are available at

Also on the 7 p.m. agenda:
• Authorization to apply for two historic preservation grants from the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office. Applications will focus on a downtown historic district, a multiple list of downtown historic churches and downtown historic buildings.
• Adoption of the third addendum to the downtown campus development agreement with Lanier United LLC, to extend the closing deadline to June 30, with an automatic extension to July 30.
• Termination of the 38th and Leavenworth Road redevelopment district and tax increase funding with the district.
• Termination of the TIF Mission Cliffs-Rainbow Park.

Several items from the Land Bank are on the agenda for 7 p.m., in particular:

• Six single-family homes: 2829 S. 8th; 2815 S. 8th; 929 Freeman; 935 Freeman; 1203 Ann; and 5705 Tauromee.
• A 4-plex: 416 Cambridge.
• A garage: 1713 Troops.
• Commercial-residential: 5320 State Ave.

The UG Commission will also meet in a special session at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 for an update on the dikes project, followed by a report on incentives for economic development.

The public will not be able to attend the meetings in person, but the meetings will take place on UGTV cable TV, YouTube and Zoom.

The Zoom link for the 5 p.m. special session will be at

The access code is 210725.

The webinar ID is 836 7566 8213

The phone number is 888-475-4499 (toll free) or 877-853-5257 (toll free).

The 7 p.m. UG Commission meeting will be on Zoom at
The access code is 152094.

The webinar ID is 830 6577 4454.

The telephone numbers are 888-475-4499 (toll free) or 877-853-5257 (toll free).


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