Main Street News September 2016

HDR Engineering Member Spotlight

In our daily lives we are constantly utilizing infrastructure, from the roads we drive on to the pipes that bring us clean water. This infrastructure makes our lives easier and more accessible, yet we often forget that behind it all are large teams of people carefully calculating and designing every tiny little detail for our benefit. Main Street is lucky to be home to one of these engineering firms working to better the world we live in. Their name is HDR Engineering and we can thank them for many of the things that make Kansas City a great place to call home.

Founded in 1917, HDR engineering has offices all over the world working on a variety of engineering, architecture, environmental, and construction projects. They came to Kansas City in the late '80s. In the KC Metropolitan Area they employ 210 people and have a strong focus on transportation and waste water management. Specifically, they are the engineers behind the KDOT Gateway interchange at I 435/K-10/I-35, the BNSF Intermodal & Logistics Park in Egerton, Kansas, and the new Grand Street bridge design downtown. They are also one of the engineering partners for the Tomahawk Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant in Johnson County. Half of the people they employ to work on these projects are located at the Main Street office, which opened in 1997.

Over the years they have seen a lot of changes along Main Street. They noted improvements in cleanliness and safety, attributing much of this success to MainCor and the Main Street CID. Joseph Drimmel, Vice President and Area Manager of Missouri and Kansas offices, stated that, “The streetscape [improvements] made a huge difference on people’s comfort level walking up and down the street” to which Christopher Kinzel, Traffic and Planning Section Manager, replied, “You can tell Main Street is well cared for.”

The project they’ve recently worked on that you are probably most familiar with, though, is the KC Streetcar. They were involved in the planning, design, and construction phases and have been awarded the preliminary engineering  and environmental studies for the first extension. This is a special project for them because the extension is proposed to go down Main Street and will be right outside their front door.  

They already love working on Main Street because they’re so close to both the Plaza and Downtown. The streetcar extension would add even more convenience to the major thoroughfare, which in turn will create an exciting draw for businesses to locate themselves along Main. HDR’s commitment to the Kansas City and Midtown community shows in their recognition of the importance of this increased economic development. As Kinzel put it, “We’re a company that really likes to plug into the community.” They’re committed to continue to plug into the community and make it better for years to come, which is evident in their half million dollar office renovation at 4435 Main in 2015.

During our conversation, Kinzel expressed how important networking and teamwork are at HDR, stating, “We survive together.” This mentality extends beyond their office all throughout the Midtown community surrounding Main Street. It is through the teamwork and collaboration of our businesses, citizens, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, and advocates that Main Street Kansas City has survived. Now it’s our time to thrive.

New Midtown Calendar of Events!

There are so many fun things happening in Midtown and we wanted to compile them in one easy calendar for you! If you have any events you think we should know about, please email Marlee. To view and bookmark the calendar follow this link.


City in Motion: Dance in the Park

Looking to enjoy some culture this month? Join City in Motion Dance Theater at Roanoke Park Saturday September 10th from 6:30-9 PM for their 18th annual Dance in the Park. The event is free to the public and showcases an outdoor dance concert with performances by a unique variety of Kansas City area dance companies. At 6:30 there is a free East Indian dance class for audience members with the concert beginning at 7. For more information and to RSVP visit their Facebook event

September Luncheon!
                Each month, MainCor hosts a networking luncheon for anyone in the community to come and learn about what’s going on in and around the Midtown area.  A guest speaker joins us every month to share important things happening in Midtown. 

                This month, we have representatives from Show Me KC Schools and St. Paul's Episcopal Day School joining us. To learn more about what they are doing to make a difference in the Kansas City Area, join us September 15th!

Games for Good

On October 1 the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club and St. Luke's Health System are hosting the KC Games for Good! This is a family friendly event on the front lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial from noon to 5pm.

The festival is free to the public and will have an exhibition area, team competitions, kids scavenger hunt, entertainment, and more. The proceeds from the event will benefit those in need locally served by the Urban Ranger Corps and Hope House as well as the Plaza Rotary Foundation. 

Teams can be registered in advance or the day of from 10am-noon. For more information on the different competitions and event itself click here!

Visions of the Flint Hills: An Art Benefit

Buttonwood Art Space is hosting an art benefit with Friends of the Konza Prairie this fall. The opening reception is Friday October 7th from 6-9pm. The art space will continue to showcase the pieces through November 25th. The Buttonwood Art Space is located at 3013 Main Street.

Proceeds from art sales benefit both the artist and the Friends of the Konza Prairie nonprofit, which supports an 8,600 acre research and educational tall grass prairie preserve in the Flint Hills. For more information on the event please visit their website.

Hyde Park Pilgrim Run 

          Thanksgiving is a day filled with family, full stomachs, and (in Midtown) fast feet!

Join the Pilgrim Center for their 6th annual Pilgrim Run on Thanksgiving morning. The race begins at 9 AM just north of the Pilgrim Chapel located at 38th and Gillham Road. The course takes runners and walkers on a crisp, autumn adventure through the historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

Each participant who registers before November 14th will receive a long sleeve t-shirt and registration costs $30 for individuals. If you register after the 14th, the cost is $35, and $40 day of. You can also register as a 2,3,4 or more person team for a reduced rate! Children under 8 have a $15 registration fee and participate in their own 100 or 200 yard dash! Its an event for the whole family!

All proceeds benefit the Pilgrim Center's Uplifting Westport program, which provides safe, wholesome activities to urban youths living in the Midtown area. Please visit the Pilgrim Run's website for more information!


August Luncheon: Community LINC

Every third Thursday of the month we have our Networking Luncheon. This month, Daniel Barber from Community LINC came and spoke to us about homelessness in Kansas City. Community LINC works to end family homelessness and transform lives through stabilizing, re-housing, and empowering homeless families in KC!

Their motto is, "Providing a hand up, not a hand out" and over the past 30 years they have given a helping hand to around 4,000 families. They have many programs, from re-housing to resume building, which help to build independent and self-sufficient families.

The Rent Party is their annual fundraiser and will be held on October 1st this year. The evening begins at 5:30 and is filled with dinner, dancing, auctions, and awards at the Sheraton Crown Center Exhibit Hall. Individual tickets are $125 and various sponsorship levels are available.

Become a 2017 member of MainCor today!

As we near the end of our 2016 membership campaign, we want to thank each one of our members! 

Everything we do is only possible because of YOU. Without the support of our amazing members, we would not exist.  

MainCor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your contribution is tax-deductible. 

Please visit our website - mainstreetkansascity.org to join now!


Luv Midtown KC T-Shirts

    We've got t-shirts!! You know and love the mural painted on the side of Thriftway at 40th and Main Street, now you can wear it! 

  We "luv" Midtown and we're not afraid to show it!  Show your "luv" and wear it proudly around town.

Order your Luv Midtown KC shirts TODAY for only $20!  Contact Diane Burnettedburnette@maincor.org to place your order.  


Community Event Grant Program

            Are you a thriving business on Main Street?  Do you want to host a community event on Main Street but don’t want to fork up too much cash?  Well we are here to help!

            MainCor has developed a Community Event Grant Program to help get your next event on Main Street going! 

            Main Street is bursting with culture and thriving businesses.  Attracting people to this part of Midtown is a great way to promote current businesses as well as create opportunity for potential new development.  MainCor has allocated $2,000 for a community event grant program.  The purpose of this grant program is to encourage businesses along the corridor to host events and draw people to Main Street.
The funds would be matching funds (half of the total cost) up to $500 per event/year unless otherwise discussed.  Applicants must be within MainCor’s boundaries.  An applicant may submit multiple applications per year. 
The application must be submitted for approval at least 60 days before the event.  Within 60 days after the event, the applicant must fill out a spreadsheet form that lists receipts and provide receipt copies to verify the expenses before reimbursement will be awarded.  Reimbursement will be given to applicant within 30 days after paperwork has been received. 
The event must be open to the public and promoted metro-wide.  Events could include: fairs, walks/races, art shows, celebrations, etc.  All city permits/requirements must be met. 
Non-Eligible Uses:
- Salaries, event coordinators, etc.
- Food and beverage
- Purchase of equipment/capital investment 

Eligible Uses:
- Entertainment (music, performers etc.)
- Equipment, tent, space rental
- Decorations
- Advertising
- Office supplies (postage, printing, etc.)
- Promotions/marketing
- City permit fees

Fill out an application today! 

Home Repair Program

Apply now through September 31st to request Home Repair Program funding by visiting http://kcmo.gov/neighborhoods/grants-and-assistance/ and clicking the “Home Repair” tab. 

Home Repair Programs include: the Targeted Home Repair Program, the City Home Repair Program and the Paint Program.  Each program assists homeowners in repairs such as roof replacement, plumbing, electrical, barrier removal, and other health and safety improvements. 

Requirements for the Home Repair Program include: applicants are owner-occupants, own only one single-family property, have not received assistance from this program within the past five years, and meet the household income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

These programs are funded by the Community Development Block Grant, established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The Housing section estimates that with this grant, at least 275 homeowners will be assisted in the 2016-17 program year. 

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