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1 Final Project – David Moe Executive Summary of the Built Environment Troost Avenue 55 th – 59 th Streets Kansas City, Missouri Snapshots of Environmental Change Maps and Plats of Troost Avenue Between 55 th to 59 th Streets History of Urban Planning and Design - UPD 260 Dr. Jacob Wagner – Fall Semester, 2011

2 Appendix A Analysis of Built Environment 1909 Sanborn Maps Not Available Early Streetcar maps show City Limits at 47 th – Three separate end-point locations were found – 47 th, 55 th and Eventually 63 rd before removal KC Limits extended to 47 th Until after 1927 First Available Sanborn is 1917 Early 1917 Sanborn shows only East Side Atlas Map of 1925 shows plats

3 Early Transit Map showing City Limit at 47 th St. Parks, Blvds, Street Railway, and Railway map Circa 1900 Westport Park District was edge of town City Limits just south of 47 th St. at Brushcreek Troost Streetcar ends just south of 47 th Minimal Development South of City Limits Only some of Southtown Blocks were sub-divided Neighborhoods of Troost Plateau and Rockhill Ridge already well defined. 47 th St.

4 Sanborn Map from 1917 for East Side 1917 Map showing west side not available, this map cuts off before 55 th Troostwood Garage Only 8 houses on Troost Greenhouses 56 th -57 th Only 24 houses on West side Forest – 11 on East Greenhouse before Dairy Early map shows alley 59 th Troost to Forest is all one lot

5 1925 Atlas Conditions - Census Tracts 81 & 82 Many houses between Rockhill and back of Troost - West Many houses on Forest – almost every lot Rockhill highlighted as a Boulevard Very few buildings on Troost Residential on West side and mixed-use on East Both tracts were majority white population – many European immigrants Almost all blocks have setbacks on lots except for commercial lots on Troost

6 Figure Ground Study for 1925 and 1950

7 Figure Ground Study for 2000 and 2011

8 Observations of Neighborhood Areas of Forest and Rockhill on either side were established earlier as residential Troost Ave. mixed-use, mostly commercial Forest and Rockhill still strong residential Close to UMKC and Rockhearst but not really capitalizing on student and staff market Buildings not very interesting, could use some design elements such as facades, wide sidewalks, renovated crosswalks and gateways

9 Observations of Neighborhood (Cont.) Many properties have changed hands many times Two businesses in neighborhood long-term – Troostwood Garage (1917 – Present) – Country Club Dairy (Now Garage is a school) Several neighborhood groups Private development activity

10 Appendix A Troost Corridor Action Plan and how it affects Troost Ave. - 55 th to 59 th Streets Excerpts from the Troost Corridor Action Plan Published by the Southtown Council P r e p a r e d b y : G o u l d E v a n s G o o d m a n A s s o c i a t e s

11 Troost Corridor Action Plan Southtown Area Southtown is defined by the geographic area from 47th Street south to 75th Street and Bruce Watkins Drive west to the Brookside/Main corridor. This area has a rich diversity of educational, medical, telecommunications, and residential resources in the urban core of southeastern Kansas City, Missouri. Since 1982 the Southtown Council has acted as a major linkage between the small, medium, and large businesses, institutions, and associations.

12 Troost Corridor Action Plan Concept of Plan Development Principle 1: Preserve and Enhance the Corridor’s Diverse Character – Promote mixed-use structures Development Principle 2: Preserve ‘Gems’ and Seek Infill Opportunities – Promote preservation /rehabilitation of traditional urban structures – redevelopment of vacant parcels (infill development) Development Principle 3: Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement – preservation of the established neighborhood framework through redevelopment practices that focus on parcels that face Troost – Support continued City sponsored 'grass-roots' efforts, such as the FOCUS Kansas City Neighborhood Assessments. – Continue neighborhood improvements

13 Troost Corridor Action Plan Development Principle 4: Promote Private Property Enhancements – Promote property enhancements for existing automobile-oriented business – Continuity of form along the block-face is key to the Troost Avenue Action Plan Concept – Parking areas, parking areas, parking areas Development Principle 5: Troost Corridor as Distinctive Place – Promote a distinctive image or 'sense of place' for the Troost Corridor – 'Scholar's Row‘ Theme and thematic approach into streetscape amenities – promotes ‘clustering’ mixed-use and commercial development at key nodes Development Principle 6: Troost Avenue Neighborhood Centers promotes development practices that reestablish a neighborhood center, rather than an automobile dominant strip. Development Principle 7: Seek and Market Development and Businesses that are Conducive to an Neighborhood-Oriented Environment – seek businesses that provide goods and services that support residents, employees, and students – Residential, Office/Institutional, – Retail Goods and Services

14 Clustering mixed-use Development promotes ‘clustering’ mixed-use and commercial development at key nodes

15 Troost Corridor Plan Design Elements Marketing Points Pedestrian friendly Mixed-use property development Local shopping and services Anchored to 3 Universities  Awnings & Facades  Wide sidewalks & Parking  Gateways and Markers  Trees and Gaslamp style lights  Markers & Posts  Gateway Crossways  Scholar’s Row Gateways

16 Troost Corridor Plan for 55 th to 59 th Streets

17 Urban Design Key urban design elements for the Troost Avenue include: – Scholar’s Row Gateways The ‘Scholars Row’ gateway feature is intended to support and enhance the identity of redevelopment initiatives around the intersections of Troost Avenue at Volker Boulevard, 55th, 59th, and 63rd Streets

18 Proposed Troost Streetscape between 55 th and 59 th Streets Future streetscape improvements should be designed to promote a pedestrian 'friendly' environment. This typically includes three primary features: 1. On-street parking lane 2. Amenity zone 3. Pedestrian walk

19 Troost Corridor Plan Features Implementation – The City of Kansas City, Missouri should adopt, in concept, the Troost Corridor Action Plan as part of their comprehensive (FOCUS Kansas City) plan implementation. – strong partnership between the City and the Southtown Council Key Design Features Gateway Crosswalks – define the pedestrian crosswalk lane and provide a more 'plaza-like' image Development and Architectural Character – Buildings should reflect a traditional urban pattern and pedestrian scale – Awnings and canopies are encouraged on the ground level – preferred materials for buildings in the corridor are brick, stone, and in some cases, stucco (not painted) – appropriate color palette for buildings should include warm earth tones Financing Options – Revolving Loan Fund – Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

20 Gateway Crosswalks Enhanced pedestrian crosswalks at key intersections at 55 th and 59 th Streets

21 Appendix B Historical Events on Troost Ave. Between 55 th and 59 th Streets Notes from interview with Jim Woods Former Owner/Partner Troostwood Garage Recorded and Edited by David Moe On Friday November 18 th, 10:00am

22 Woods Family – Troostwood Garage Founded by Jim’s Grandfather W.H. Wood, Farmer from Odessa, Mo Came to KC in his 30s and first worked installing basements at new developments then road grading for new roads. Then built Troostwood Garage in 1917 Built originally as a car storage facility - 24/7 – People didn’t have private garages – Doctors did house calls and would summon their cars at all hours Grandfather’s house on SE corner of 55 th & Forest – During the Great Depression allowed homeless people to sleep in loft over garage door entrance. – Restaurant – Dale and Ritchies, would feed people in exchange for labor – Community came together and helped people who lost their homes and jobs Jim’s Dad worked At 48 th and Troost cleaning streetcars for $7 a week. Jim’s Father and Partnertook over Garage in 1930s (Ray Wood/Bill Camel) – In the 1930s all conveniences were within walking distance – Mostly European Immigrants who lived above shops or in the back of shop – Small shops would support a whole family, often 6-8 people

23 Woods Family – Troostwood Garage Jim Wood Grew up around Troostwood Garage in 1930s and 1940s Went to GM Institute in Early 1950’s Went to Korean War Back to GM Institute after war Became a partner in Troostwood Garage 1953 Moved to Country Lane Estates (109 th Wornall) 1954 Retired 1994, Nephews Brad and Don Took Over Now a Fifth Generation at Troostwood Garage (Sean)

24 Jim Wood Interview (Cont.) Neighborhood Businesses Many Grocery Stores between 54 th and 59 th Streets A&P Where Motorcycle shop is now Carol’s Grocery and Dry Goods at 54 th and Troost Safeway at 57 th and Troost w/adjoining laundramat Harley D. Hotkins Grocery across from Safeway Lyons Drugs at NE Corner of 55 th and Troost Crown Drugs at 57 th Street same side as Safeway South Town Theatre 57 th and Troost - 10c Movies Country Club Dairy Between 56 th and 57 th on Troost

25 Country Club Dairy, Ca. 1962

26 55 th and Troost – Streetcar Turnaround The KC perimeter from Streetcars to Autos

27 Troostwood Garage and Streetcar Turnaround

28 Troostwood Garage - 5509 Troost No tracks past 55 th in 1946

29 Jim Wood Interview (Cont.) Historical Periods affecting Neighborhood White Flight 1950s – 1980s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1968 MLK Assassination and Riots 1968 Urban Redevelopment 1968-1985 Ghost Town 1985 – 2000 Gentrification 2000 – Present ( and Prior?) Future – Troost Village / Scholarship Row?

30 Appendix C 49 / 63 Neighborhood Coalition Data and Maps Extracted From 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition Website

31 49 / 63 Coalition Neighborhoods Rockhill Ridge – (W)Troost 55 th -59 th * Troost Plateau – (E) Troost 54 th -59 th * UMKC Troostwood Crestwook Rockhill Crest Rockhurst University Kingston Heights Wing and Steen Astor Place South Park Neighborhoods within boundaries of this report

32 Neighborhood Coalition The 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition consists of approximately – 3000 Households, – 300 Businesses and – 8000 Residents in – 11 Neighborhoods Believe smaller neighborhood areas could – 1. enable people to get to know each other and – 2. develop a sense of community and – 3. to work on issues affecting smaller area, mid-1980's the 49/63 Board established a goal to help areas of 49/63 to organize.

33 Incorporated Sections of 49 / 63 Four areas of 49/63 are formally organized and incorporated as not-for-profit organizations in the state of Missouri. Residents in several other areas have begun to organize. Astor Place, date of organization unknown Crestwood, incorporated in 1922 Rockhill Crest, incorporation date unknown Rockhill Crest Rockhill Ridge, incorporated in 1998 Rockhill Ridge South Park, incorporation in progress Troost Plateau, incorporated in 2000 Troost Plateau Troostwood, incorporated in 1980 Troostwood Wing and Steen, incorporation in progress

34 The 49/63 CAN Center The 49/63 “Community Action Network” Center Opened its doors on June 1st, 1994. Crime and drug use were major concerns throughout Kansas City, including 49/63 Many hot spots within coalition's boundaries requiring immediate attention. COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) awarded to the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition in January, 1993

35 The 49/63 CAN Center The 49/63 CAN Center funded by the city of Kansas City for operating supplies, rent assistance and other special needs Two police officers from the Metro Patrol Division are assigned to neighborhood Kansas City's Neighborhood Preservation division has assigned a codes enforcement officer to the 49/63 CAN Center Residents volunteer through the CAN Center in a variety of ways

36 Summary - Observations Coalition of 11 Neighborhoods Neighborhood Coalition has attention of the City of Kansas City Large amount of community participation Incorporation provides some autonomy Community Center valuable to neighborhoods

37 Appendix D University District Venture LLC Patterson and Hoffman Private Venture to Beautify Troost, through mixed-use development and working to Create a new name for the neighborhood: University District 53 rd to 56 th Data from Pitch.com Article Developers' plan for Troost includes a new name for neighborhood Posted by Charles Ferruzza on Wed, Jul 20, 2011Charles Ferruzza and The Southtown Council website The University District Venture Sparkles! Submitted by Marti on Fri, 02/13/2009 www.southtown.org

38 University District Project Patterson held a meeting with residents of the Rockhill Ridge neighborhood 20 residents met with Patterson at Rockhurst Community Center Working on a project for several years to create a mixed- use development – Four new buildings – Renovate existing buildings and facades – West side of Troost – Between 53rd and 56th streets Proposed new name “University District” Neighborhood anchored by the UMKC, Rockhurst University, and Stowers Institute for Medical Research Cost around $20 million

39 UDV and Southtown Council Southtown Beautification Committee selected the University District Venture, LLC as the recipient of the February Southtown *Sparkle Award* In one year Patterson and Hoffman renovated five buildings in the 5500 block of Troost (As of January 2009) University District Venture, LLC has shown consideration for the Southtown neighborhoods

40 Summary - Observation Patterson and Hoffman pitching “University District” to residents Presenting proposals to neighborhood associations Own five buildings on the 5500 block of Troost Working with UMKC – towards “Master Plan” University District idea in alignment with Troost Corridor Plan’s “Scholars’ Row”


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