Northland sees jobs, expansion with sewer line project - KCTV5

Northland sees jobs, expansion with sewer line project

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

After nearly 60 years, a new sewer project is coming to the Northland, and it's a project that is expected to help the area expand rapidly.

It's a $40 million project that will bring 52,000 feet of new sewer lines to the Northland, but city officials are hoping it will bring much more.

It's the foundation for Northland growth. Wednesday, Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James was on hand to celebrate a groundbreaking that the city hopes will expand the city's population in the thousands.

Once completed, the new Northland sewer expansion is expected to bring new housing developments that will bring in more than 70,000 new residents.

"We can show from the patterns in the past that where we have the proper infrastructure, like in Shoal Creek for example, people move there," James said.

More residents means more traffic and that's good news for businesses like Kwik Kar Lube and Tune, a family-owned company that depends on local traffic.

"Traffic flow creates revenue and obviously we need that to keep the doors open, so we welcome it," said manager Randy Wilkens.

Along with new residents, the 13,000-acre project will bring about 700 new jobs to build it. The plan was first conceived in 1957 and now appears close to completion.

While the Northland has grown over the last couple years, this project could be the catalyst for growth on a massive scale.

"Consistently in the last 10 to 15 years we've had more building permits pulled in the Northland than other parts of the metro and now that we're opening up 13,000 acres of new land, I think we'll continue to see that growth," Councilman Ed Ford said.

The work on the sewers has already begun and should be completed within 18 months.

Along with the new sewer lines, the project will also included two pump stations to make sure the waste water flows properly.

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