This Week at City Hall – June 13 – June 17
In case you missed it:
This week is going to be hot, with record setting heat! There are a number of cooling centers that have been established around town—
- Kansas City Public Library (all branches). Cooling services are offered during operating hours.
- Community Center locations:
- Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard
- Garrison Community Center, 1124 E. 5th Street
- Gregg Klice Community Center, 1124 E 5th Street
- Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Road
- Kansas City North Community Center, 3920 N.E. Antioch Road
- Line Creek Community Center, 5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive
- Marlborough Community Center, 8200 The Paseo Boulevard
- Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd Street
- Tony Aguirre Community Center, 2050 W. Pennway Street
- Westport Roanoke Community Center, 3601 Roanoke Road
Updates from last week:
The future of the controversial Cocina47 project is in doubt after the City Plan Commission recommended denial of the development plan, echoing concerns of City staff who also recommended denial. This project consists of a nine-story building containing three levels of restaurant space and six floors of condos. A major test to the Plaza Bowl Overlay zoning, the proposed Cocina47 exceeds the building height limit and would require the demolition of the Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist at the corner of 47th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Public testimony lasted for hours, with everyone but one testifying in objection of the project.
As the Plan Commission is a recommending body that sends recommendations to Council (who ultimately makes the decision whether a project is developed), the project moves on to Council, where it will be tentatively heard at the June 22 meeting of the Neighborhood, Planning, and Development Committee.
Upcoming this week:
Click links below for docket information. You can join some of these meetings via zoom (information provided on docket) or view on Channel 2, which can be found on the City’s YouTube page.
Ordinance #220510 – Approving and authorizing settlement of the lawsuit entitled Ronald Williams v. City of Kansas City, Missouri, Case No. 1816-CV18116; and estimating and appropriating the sum of $1,000,000.00 for settlement of this lawsuit.
Ronald Williams, a former employee of the Water Department, is suing the city for racial discrimination. His lawsuit describes racially motivated discrimination, where less experienced White coworkers were provided opportunities for training that positioned them for promotions over more qualified Black employees. A Jackson County jury awarded him $790,000 in damages in 2020.
City Council Business Session – Thursday, June 16 @ 2:00pm
City Council Legislative Session – Thursday, June 16 @ 3:00pm