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The Blue Springs community has a vision for a vibrant, mixed-use downtown that is the economic and social heart of the community. The concept has been achieved through years of intense community discussion, including the Downtown Task Force, citizens' visioning efforts titled, “Out of the Blue, Into the Future” and “Renew the Blue” and efforts of various community partners, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation.
Downtown Alive! Downtown Alive is a group of stakeholders consisting of downtown merchants, the City, EDC, Chamber, Blue Springs Business Association, Historical Society and business outside downtown area.
This group recently received a service-based grant from the Missouri Main Street Connection and is now enrolled in the Missouri Main Street Program. This 2 year downtown revitalization program is designed to ensure the long-term success of the downtown by creating, educating, training and empowering a comprehensive, professional, volunteer-based downtown revitalization organization.
The program focuses on on the Main Street Four Points Approach, a system that has been used successfully in over 110 cities in Missouri. The Four Points include Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion.
Program participants including business owners and community stakeholders have been organized into committees based on these Four Points. After completing the program, the Downtown Alive! group will be in a better position to foster new business development, facade renovations and restoration of historic buildings, festivals and special events, and streetscape improvements. View a video and calendar of events for Downtown Alive!
The Downtown Master Plan
The Downtown Master Plan documents current economic and market data, identifies market opportunities for additional retail, office, civic, and residential uses, and offers recommendations for short and long-term land use, transportation, and open space. A substantial community involvement effort in August 2006 helped the plan become a reality.
The Downtown Master Plan (PDF) was adopted by the Blue Springs City Council on February 5, 2007. To date various steps of the Downtown Master Plan have been implemented, including theDowntown Development Code. The city continues to strive to implement the entirety of the master plan.
Additional questions about Downtown Development and Revitalization should be addressed to Michael Peterman.