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.
In 2006 the City of Blue Springs contracted with a nationally respected urban design firm, 180° design studio, to do a detailed master plan for the downtown in hopes that the community vision would become a reality through the design and implementation of a Downtown Master Plan.
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 two-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 Organization, Economic Restructuring, Design 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, façade renovations and restoration of historic buildings, festivals and special events, and streetscape improvements.
To see a video about Downtown Alive! click here
To see the Downtown Alive! Calendar of events, click here
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
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 the Downtown 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
Downtown Post Office
On Wednesday, January 6, 2013 the City received the official intent to close letter from the USPS for the downtown location. If you would like to see a copy of the letter, click here
We have submitted our formal letter of appeal, and await the reply from the USPS. If you would like to see a copy of the Mayor's appeal letter, click here
You may remember that at the City Council meeting on December 3, 2012, Russ Rainey, real estate specialist and project manager for the U.S. Postal Service, discussed the plans to close the downtown post office branch in Blue Springs, moving all operations to the Blue Springs annex.
If you missed that meeting, but would like to see the presentation, click here
. The presentation starts around the 8 minute marker.