LYKINS NEIGHBORHOOD STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The Historic Northeast Kansas City neighborhood, Lykins, is a culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged neighborhood located between Independence Avenue and Truman Road, Benton Boulevard and Hardesty Avenue. This neighborhood is conveniently located near downtown and the growing interest of the development community in Historic Northeast neighborhoods meant that Lykins, with just over 1,600 households and more than 200 vacant lots, needed a housing and development strategy to help guide conversations with the KCMO Land Bank and private developers. Our process studied the neighborhood’s assets and investments including local businesses, residential rehabilitations, city investment, social service providers, and faith-based community anchors. We also studied the challenges of the neighborhood, including crime hotspots, dumping, vacant, abandoned and unsafe properties, and polluting land uses. Residents and stakeholders formed Lykins’ first standing committee, the Housing and Development Committee.

 

To date, this committee has worked with the planning consultant to determine a focus area for development, provide feedback on performance guidelines for renovation and new development, and has attracted like-minded rehabbers and developers to begin property acquisition and project development. The planning process also employs four Lykins residents as community liaisons to expand the engagement process and attract a more diverse group of participants to the process. Current work includes defining measurements to track success on community goals, defining projects with developers, applying for predevelopment funding including funding for a part-time neighborhood staff to manage the housing redevelopment projects and begin a new workforce development program.

Existing Neighborhood Issues to Address

Arson

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Dumping

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Vacancy

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Existing Neighborhood Mapping

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Lykins Neighborhood Base Map

Structure

Sidewalk

Street Surface

Parking/Driveway Surface

Miscellaneous Impervious Ground Cover

Focus Area for Development

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Lykins Neighborhood Zoning Map

Commercial

Residential

Industrial

Focus Area for Development

Surface Outline

Lykins Neighborhood Acquirable Propertie

Lykins Neighborhood Acquirable Properties Map

Structure

Landbank Property

Vacant

Abandoned/Blighted/Dangerous

Abandoned/Blighted/Dangerous

- Tax Delinquent Properties

Property Owner Non-KCMO Resident

- Parcels not included in other categories

Focus Area for Development

Surface Outline

Lykins Square Park

E. 8th St.

E. 9th St.

E. 7th St.

E. 6th St.

Norton Ave

Myrtle Ave

Cleveland Ave

Spruce Ave

Jackson Ave

Neighborhood Asset and Investment Cataloging

Single Family Housing

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Multifamily Housing

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Institutions

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Neighborhood Single Family Housing Typology

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Pitched Roof

Covered Porch with Square Corner Columns

Front Facing Entry Door

Front Elevated Porch

Fiber Cement Board Siding

Stone Base

Single Car Garage at Back of Property

Permeable Driveway Material

Transparent Fencing

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Pitched Roof

Covered Porch with Square Corner Columns

Front Facing Entry Door

Front Elevated Porch

Wood Shingle Siding

Brick Base

Retaining Wall at Sidewalk

Chimney

Location

Kansas City, Missouri

Client

Dave Shuck

Lykins Neighborhood Association President

dave.a.shuck@gmail.com

816.616.9863

Firm

Funding

Phase 1: January - March 2018

$20,000

(HUD funding managed by Northeast Alliance Together)

Phase 2: April - December 2018

$15,900

(COMBAT funding managed by Catholic Charities of Kansas City)

Additional Team Members

Neighborhood Legal Support of Kansas City, Inc. 

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