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City picks new site for stage downtown


It's been two years since voters approved funds for an outdoor performance space in downtown Lee's Summit. Russ Pulley, of the Lee's Summit Journal, tells us the City Council has now directed City staff to begin negotiations for property on Green Street across from City Hall. A parking lot and a vacant building currently sit on the property in question. The Ice House, a historic building at the corner of Second and Green streets, is not part of the proposed site.

Lee's Summit and State of Missouri grant incentives to soccer-anchored development off I-470

As we all know, most major developments require a healthy mix of public and private funding sources before dirt finally starts moving and vertical development happens. The youth-soccer-anchored Paragon Star mixed-use development planned for the area near View High Drive and I-470 was granted another key piece of the funding puzzle this week. The Kansas City Business Journal's Rob Roberts writes about the City Council's unanimous vote of approval for $13 million in tax increment financing for the project.

Long dormant battery plant site may get new life as industrial development

In another post, Roberts reports on the City Council's decision to advance a plan to reassign development rights for the 85-acre site near the intersection of 50 and S 291 highways. Exergonix still maintains control of the site, but the planned green energy development has stalled. Westcott Investment Group now seeks control of the site with plans for the development of a light industrial park.

Council candidates use public forum to offer perspectives on issues facing the City

All 10 candidates for the four open seats on the Lee's Summit City Council were on hand Tuesday night for a public forum hosted by the Lee's Summit Chamber. Questions ranged from candidates' attendance at recent Council meetings to how they perceive the Council's role in managing City Hall and holding staff accountable, as well as what they see as the top issues currently facing the City.

Some "check the facts" moments at the candidate forum

John Beaudoin, in his weekly guest column for the Lee's Summit Journalwants to remind voters and candidates the importance of words. In a Facebook post linking to the column, Beaudoin says "The written word, spoken word, all words, really, come with it a great deal of responsibility. I never take for granted my small part I get to play in that role as a columnist. By the same token, our candidates for City Council got to voice their words this week. The vast majority of those words had substance. But some didn't and I think we need to continue the conversation before this vital April 5 election." 

Supreme Court decision pushes City Council to change sign ordinance

Pulley reports on last week's City Council decision to change the City of Lee's Summit's sign ordinance. The change comes after last year's Supreme Court decision ruling governments can regulate the size, number and placement of non-commercial signs, as long as the regulations are not based on content. Much of the discussion centered around any effect the change would have political... and garage sale signs.