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Vine Street District Economic Development Plan

Kansas City, Missouri

This initiative represents the City of Kansas City’s first economic development plan for a specific area, with the intent to serve as a catalyst for revitalization of the Vine Street District.  This area historically served as the cultural and socio-economic hub of Kansas City’s African-American community. As part of a comprehensive planning and design team, Confluence provided project management and led the urban design components of the project.

The project area includes a diverse mixture of neighborhoods, institutional uses, commercial and industrial development, and encompasses the area between 9th and 29th Streets, from Troost to Prospect Avenue. The historic 18th + Vine area is located in the heart of this District, and is home to the American Jazz Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the Black Archives.

A series of community meetings were held to gather input from residents and business owners regarding future redevelopment and revitalization opportunities throughout the District, and a comprehensive series of strategies intended to support these efforts were developed.  The plan includes urban revitalization, housing, commercial, infrastructure, and governance strategies, and was adopted by the City Council in 2010.