Kansas City Council allocates $1 million to assist midtown redevelopment plan

The Kansas City Council on Thursday authorized $1 million to be used for a redevelopment plan at Armour Boulevard and Troost Avenue.

The funds, which will come from the existing Midtown Business Interruption Fund, will assist a proposal by MAC Properties, a company that has redeveloped several blocks of apartment buildings along Armour.

The city’s contribution is designed to pay for property acquisition, business relocations and environmental cleanup.

MAC Properties is working on the redevelopment plan through the city’s Planned Industrial Expansion Authority. PIEA commissioners last month endorsed the plan, which calls for acquisition of five parcels of property at the intersection.

Neighborhood associations have backed the plan to improve the area, and MAC said it intends to extend its redevelopment work east across Troost.

Diane Stafford: 816-234-4359, @kcstarstafford