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Posted on: November 13, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Developing a more sustainable U.S. 40 corridor

The Mid-America Regional Council is working with the City of Blue Springs to create a vision for redeveloping parts of U.S. Highway 40. Residents are encouraged to attend an open house to explore conceptual design alternatives for future development.

This open house is Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5-8 p.m. at William Bryant Elementary School, 1101 S.E. Sunnyside School Road, Blue Springs, Mo. The main presentation is at 5:30 p.m. and repeats at 7:30 p.m.

This planning effort is part of MARC’s Creating Sustainable Places initiative, which is focused on sustainable development plans and projects for six transportation corridors in the metro area. (See details at .) The initiative is funded by a $4.25 million Sustainable Communities planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The U.S. 40 corridor project area includes 31 st Street from Troost Ave. in Kansas City east to Interstate 70, and U.S. 40 from I-70 to Adams Dairy Parkway in Blue Springs. The U.S. 40 Highway Corridor planning team is working with elected officials, city staffs, neighborhood groups, local churches, business and property owners, and the general public to propose ideas and plans for the corridor. Ultimately, the project will yield recommendations for transportation, land-use and aesthetic and open-space improvements.

In addition to the open house, residents may also share their opinions using MARC’s virtual town hall website, .

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