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Independence working to spruce up eyesores to help boost business

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Independence city leaders want to bring more people into their city and they say it starts with cleaning it up. (KCTV5) Independence city leaders want to bring more people into their city and they say it starts with cleaning it up. (KCTV5)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Independence city leaders want to bring more people into their city and they say it starts with cleaning it up.

We first told you about a new initiative to clean up the Highway 24 Corridor to the city back in February. Now, people living around and working in Independence are seeing a difference.

“The fence looked terrible, definitely needed to be redone,” said owner of JJ’s Auto Sales Jason Bennett.

Now his store has a new fence and resealed parking lot.

Bennett said he stepped up to do the work after a team of code enforcement officers stopped by asking him to fix violations.

“We put a new fence up, they only asked me to do the front but I did the side too to make it look a little better,” said Bennett.

Bennett says he drives up and down Highway 24 every day to work. Now once noticeable eyesores are gone.

“We thought 24 highway really needs a facelift and we really wanted to come along and work with the property owners,” said Mike Jackson, the Assistant Director of Community Development for Independence.

He says almost everyone has complied and cleaned up, adding “it almost became infectious.”

The city went to 266 different addresses for inspections throughout winter. Now fast forward to summer and there are results.

Five buildings have been tagged as dangerous. Now two have already been demolished. 32 tickets were issued to property owners, and 64 cases were granted correction date extensions.

Graffiti has also been removed from places like the railroad bridge at Arlington and 24 highway, and people are taking notice.

“I think its good for Independence, Kansas City, the whole metro area, especially us as business owners,” said Bennett.

Next, the city will be focusing on the 40 highway corridor, as well as making sure progress continues along Highway 24.  

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