Development plan hopes to revitalize historic Northeast - KCTV5

Development plan hopes to revitalize historic Northeast neighborhoods

Posted: Updated:
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.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:44 PM EST2015-01-30 04:44:07 GMT
    A 65-year-old Maryville man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black server as she served him breakfast. The man is accused of assaulting her and using racially insensitive language.More >
    A 65-year-old Maryville man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black server as she served him breakfast. The man is accused of assaulting her and using racially insensitive language. More >
  • Judge clears courtroom after victims' family members yell at Tamika Pledger

    Judge clears courtroom after victims' family members yell at Tamika Pledger

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 5:36 PM EDT2017-05-24 21:36:53 GMT

    A woman charged with killing a teen and hurting three others took the stand Wednesday, and it caused chaos in a Wyandotte County courtroom.

    More >

    A woman charged with killing a teen and hurting three others took the stand Wednesday, and it caused chaos in a Wyandotte County courtroom.

    More >
  • School officials advise parents after Raytown students witness body hanging

    School officials advise parents after Raytown students witness body hanging

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:37:10 GMT

    While riding home from school on their bus, students from Raytown Middle School witnessed a body hanging.  School officials are telling parents in response to monitor their child's behavior.  Ruth Manu's grandchildren were heading for the front door when a police detective stopped them.  He alerted the family a body was found hanging just steps away. Police say the person committed suicide.  “I feel for the parent," Manu said. "I hope they ...

    More >

    While riding home from school on their bus, students from Raytown Middle School witnessed a body hanging.  School officials are telling parents in response to monitor their child's behavior.  Ruth Manu's grandchildren were heading for the front door when a police detective stopped them.  He alerted the family a body was found hanging just steps away. Police say the person committed suicide.  “I feel for the parent," Manu said. "I hope they ...

    More >
Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:
KCTV  KSMO

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.