Development plan hopes to revitalize historic Northeast - KCTV5

Development plan hopes to revitalize historic Northeast neighborhoods

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The city is taking steps to fix up one of the most historic parts of town.

Officials unveiled a plan to revitalize the Northeast, and it starts by getting rid of some eyesores.

Some of the longtime residents don't want to leave. They want to see the neighborhood the way it once was, and the way to do this began with tearing down dilapidated houses.

One home stood for more than 10 years as an eyesore, but it took only 10 seconds to knock down.

"It already smells better here," neighbor Tracy Marriott said.

Abandoned houses, like the one in the northeast corridor of the city, are sprinkled throughout neighborhoods. People complained to the city about the problems they bring.

"We're always chasing off the street people. The winos, the druggies ... prostitutes," neighbor Judy Woodworth said.

Woodworth and her husband have lived on North Seventh Street for over 15 years. Her family has owned their home for well over a century.

"His great-grandparents bought the house back in 1895," Woodworth said.

But its value couldn't shine through with the trash next door - until Monday.

Crews targeted the northeast area as part of Kansas City's revitalizing efforts, putting more than $800,000 toward home demolitions, repairs and beautification in the area north and south of Independence Avenue between Benton and Hardesty avenues.

"We have good neighbors here, but these houses are dragging the whole neighborhood down. This is a constant concern. The problem is the number of them we have to deal with," Councilman Scott Wagner said.

For Marriott, it tears down her self-esteem.

"Especially if you are like me, you take care of your lawn, paint your house, put up your sheetrock and look next door and see something like that," she said.

That is why some people refuse to leave and hope the city continues to reinvest in the area.

"I'm very, very excited about this ward," Marriott said.

The city, along with the Northeast Alliance, also offered incentives for people to stay including tax reliefs for businesses and home repair loans.

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