Local lawmakers working to revitalize Prospect corridor - KCTV5

Local lawmakers working to revitalize Prospect corridor

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Local lawmakers are working to revitalize the Prospect corridor in Kansas City.

The Blue Hills Community Services building, located at East 50th Street and Prospect Avenue, will serve as the incubator for the growth in the area.

Mayor Sly James and Representative Emanuel Cleaver both addressed residents Tuesday night as they discussed the move to improve the Prospect corridor and the neighborhoods surrounding the area.

James touched on the fact that improvements are already being felt, including the news that out of 300 metro areas, Kansas City's unemployment rate dropped more than 2 percent.

James also called the metro an area of pearls. He said there are plenty of good things coming, but said there is a problem with having pearls if people don't know what to do with them.

"Now the problem with having pearls is that in order to make a necklace, we have to string them together.  So we have to fill in the gaps between the pearls, and along Prospect we have a lot of work to do," said Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

A few pearls that are being uncovered includes the development of the new East Patrol Division substation and new crime lab for the Kansas City, MO, Police Department as well as the Aldi grocery store that is going in at East 39th Street and Prospect Avenue just a few blocks away, James said.

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