It’s about time Kansas City started to pay more attention to assisting Northeast area homeowners and businesses in keeping the historic community looking beautiful.
City officials recently announced a toolbox full of incentives to remove blight and improve housing and business development. Building demolitions just a piece of the “Invest Northeast” plan. It includes:
Freezing property taxes for homeowners and business owners who complete remodeling with a value of at least $5,000. That could help encourage some homeowners or businesses to invest in solar electricity generating units for their property.
Roofing, exterior painting, or heating and cooling repairs for low- or moderate-income families living in the area of Benton to Van Brunt boulevards, and from Garner Avenue to Eighth Street. Such touches will enhance many of the recession weary businesses and homes.
Helping area residents and business owners attend business-related classes at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Northeast area was among the first in Kansas City to get Google Fiber. Classes could help more people capitalize on that high-speed Internet connection.
Providing micro-loans to business owners and potential entrepreneurs.
Each incentives should be viewed as positive signs of City Hall’s willingness to invest in this beautifully diverse community.