Lee's Summit Tribune

Home
CATEGORIES
Welcome
News
Community
Health
Downtown Lee's Summit
R-7 School News
Greenwood,MO
Lake Lotawana, MO
Contact Us
Obituaries
Opinion
Sports
Mavericks
Scouting News
VFW News
Lee's Summit Council Updates
Police Blotter
Election-Legals
Help Wanted

Welcome to the new home of Lee's Summit Tribune. We are dedicated to providing you the most current and accurate news and events in Lee's Summit
Home » News » Second Street To Have Continuous Sidewalks

Second Street To Have Continuous Sidewalks

August 9, 2014 

By Mallory Ragon
CityDesk@lstribune.net

More sidewalks will be coming to Second Street to fill in gaps between Missouri Highway 291 and Jefferson Street, as part of the Second Street corridor improvements project. Sidewalks are otherwise continuous on the west side of 291 to Blue Parkway, and on the east side of the highway on Langsford Road. The city hopes to increase connectivity and improve safety, particularly in conjunction with the current improvements being made at several of 291’s intersections for ease of pedestrian access. 

In order to construct the sidewalks along some of that property, the city council passed an ordinance to acquire permanent right-of-way adjacent to the Summit East Plaza Apartments, located near the intersection of Second Street and Independence Avenue. The complex was built in 1972 and was designed not to accommodate such sidewalks, and the owner was vocal at the August 7 session that there simply was not enough room-or enough need-to justify making the improvement. The complex’s management even sent letters to their residents notifying them of anticipated rent increases if the sidewalk is constructed, citing probable insurance increases as a result of personal injury claims.

Joe Willerth, the attorney representing Summit East Plaza Apartment, spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting since there was no public hearing for this ordinance. He noted that, due to the slope of the property and the proximity to residents, the property was designed specifically not to have a public sidewalk.

“[This is a] question of necessity or public need for this sidewalk,” Willerth said.

Dena Mezger, interim director of public works, noted that she has personally observed the need for the sidewalk, which will about the curb along Second.

“The fact that there’s a dirt path there shows that there are people using it,” she said. “Otherwise it would just be grass.”

She explained that sidewalks along that section of road will improve access to the Gamber Center, as well as allowing residents on the west side of 291 access to Hy-Vee, Big Lots, Starbucks and other businesses across the highway. 

Councilmember Rob Binney, who shared the apartment complex’s concerns regarding the ground slope where the sidewalk will be constructed and the proximity of the sidewalk to residents’ windows, voted against the ordinance. The other six councilmembers voted to approve it; Councilmember Dave Mosby was absent.



Bookmark and Share

Leave a reply

*Your name:
*Your email: (email won't be published)
Your website: (optional)
*Comment:
*CAPTCHA: CAPTCHA

Other Recent Articles from the News Category:

SEARCH

PAST WEEK'S TOP 5
Page Views: 11,163
The Evidence Of Faith’s Substance What compels Iraqi Christians to cling to Jesus Christ
Page Views: 6,096
Area Students Benefit from Large Donation to Orchestra Programs
Page Views: 5,979
The Evidence Of Faith’s Substance Deism: Why the Christian Worldview is superior
Page Views: 4,363
Lee's Summit Economic Development Council Board of Directors Endorse Airport Expansion
Page Views: 3,199
Twenty-five Year Resident Stunned About Districts Attempts To Raise Property Taxes And How They’re Justifying Comments
CITY LINKS
City of Lee's Summit
LS R7
LS Economic Dev Council
LS Tourism
LS Chamber
LS Parks & Rec

SCHOOL LINKS
LSCCS
RANDOM PICK
Come Take A Flight Back To 1929
Come Take A Flight Back To 1929
Home  | 
Copyright © 2009 Lee's Summit Tribune
Developed by Gaxio