The Grandview Branch will be expanded by nearly 4,400 square feet to include a new community programming room, three small collaboration rooms and a dedicated children’s area, bringing its total size to over 17,000 square feet.
The opening was dedicated to the front line workers who put in over 134,000 hours constructing the project through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plan recommends prioritizing public investments in two specific areas thought to have the most potential for having the greatest positive impact on the overall area: the Robandee area and the Ruskin area.
All other voters who may be concerned about contracting or unintentionally transmitting COVID-19 may cast mail-in ballots in both elections, but their signatures will have to be notarized.
After the most pressing immediate needs for new vehicles are met, the additional funding will allow the department to implement a phased replacement program for its entire fleet including 32 pumper trucks, 12 aerial ladder trucks and 4 rescue/hazardous material response vehicles.
Projects that are slated to receive funding if the tax is extended include conversion of the I-49 outer roads to two-way traffic, a new Kansas City Southern railroad overpass over Blue Ridge Blvd., Blue Ridge Blvd. upgrades and construction of a new bridge on Raytown Rd. just south of its intersection with Harry Truman Dr.
That relatively small increase could be in jeopardy due to the recent steep downturn in the local economy caused by the coronavirus pandemic which could cause city tax revenue and expenditures to drop for the next fiscal year if the rapid spread of the virus is not quickly brought under control.
Demolition of all the buildings at the former Bannister Federal Complex is now nearly complete and grading to prepare the west side of the 227-acre site for redevelopment has already started.
The new Stop n Shop convenience store at Red Bridge and I-49 offers New Orleans Chicken & Seafood, Crazy Italian Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts pastries and coffee.