The Kansas City Council on Thursday unanimously supported tax incentives and $13.25 million in bond proceeds to redevelop the Linwood Shopping Center.
“Sometimes the city has to step in,” Councilman Scott Taylor said about the taxpayer investment to bring a full-service grocery store to urban core neighborhoods that have endured a food desert for nearly a decade.
Councilman Jermaine Reed and other city officials hope the new store and retail center can open by Christmas 2017.
Meanwhile, the council had been scheduled to vote on a tax incentive plan for new luxury apartments at 17th and Madison streets on the West Side. But the project has faced significant neighborhood opposition, so it was sent back to the council’s Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee for more debate at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.