During these three opening weeks of Link 2 Lee’s Summit, we’ve tried to offer a few perspectives on Lee’s Summit’s growing downtown district and its economic role in the city. There’s more to tell in this story, but here are some links to what we’ve heard so far about this growing business and residential district. Add your voice to the discussion. Visit our Facebook page and let us know your thoughts on the downtown district and how you perceive its future.
It's not a secret anymore.
For years, Lee's Summit's historic downtown district was a quaint little secret nestled in the heart of Lee's Summit. A nice place to visit on a sunny Saturday or to drive through during the Christmas season. That's not the case today. The secret has been out for more than a decade.
Whether you've been a customer of the downtown district for decades or even just the past year, one constant has always bee the local diner on Third street. Ownership has changed. The name has changed. But the cinnamon rolls, coffee and orders of biscuits and gravy just keep coming.
Lee's Summit resident Michael VanBuskirk offers a unique perspective on economic development in Lee's Summit's historic downtown district. VanBuskirk, a commercial realtor and developer, is a Senior Vice President and Principal at Newmark Grubb Zimmer and has played a role in the recent evolution of the downtown district both as a realtor and as a member of several civic organizations, committees and task forces. Recently, he helped negotiate the sale of the former Hartley's building at the corner of Third and Douglas streets to Llewellyn's Irish Pub, which opened Feb. 24. VanBuskirk and his company currently list and manage more than 65,000 square feet of space in the downtown district and more than 2.0 million square feet in Eastern Jackson County. Last week, he sat down with your Link 2 Lee's Summit for a short Q&A session, offering his perspective on the district, its role, and its future.
When he mentions collision points, Donnie Rodgers isn't talking about accidents or fender benders at the corners of Third and SE Main streets. The Executive Director for Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street is merely talking about linking the many facets of this growing historic district and lining it up for future success.
We're now just a few days shy of closing down the first 12 months of Downtown Lee's Summit's Community Improvement District (CID). Downtown business owner and CID Board Chair, Jason Norbury has helped Link 2 Lee's Summit put together this primer on the special tax and how collected funds can and will be used for the betterment of the community.