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The completion of Lee’s Summit Road and the purchase of Hangar 1 were touted as potential economic development generators during today’s, Dec. 16, ribbon-cuttings event to officially usher in these community transportation milestones.

Lee’s Summit Road is a more than $10 million project that spans a 2 1/4-mile section between Colbern Road and Gregory Boulevard in both Lee’s Summit and Kansas City. The roadway improvements provide better connectivity, safety and accessibility to neighborhoods, businesses, surrounding cities of Kansas City and Independence, as well as the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport and Strother Road and other development in the area. These roadway improvements also provide connectivity enhancements for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The City of Lee’s Summit assumed the day-to-day operations of Hangar 1 since its purchase of the facility on November 30. With the increase in aircraft activity taking place at the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport, and the additional activity expected as a result of the upcoming runway improvements, the City realized the hangar service was one area in which to improve awareness about the airport and the community.

During the ribbon-cutting event, Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads described Lee’s Summit Road’s improvement and the purchase of Hangar 1 as “further proof the City is a community comprised of forward-thinking individuals embracing constructive change and working together to make bold decisions.”  Mayor Rhoads was also presented with the key to the Hangar 1 building by the former owners of the structure Ron and Jan DeJarnette.

Lee’s Summit Deputy Director of Public Works/City Engineer George Binger talked about long-term vision and planning that went into the development of Lee’s Summit Road as well as how both projects are “vibrant economic hubs of the community.”

Both transportation milestones are located in the northern part of the Lee’s Summit – another area ripe for economic development activity. To that end, Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council Chairwoman Christine Bushyhead said how Lee’s Summit Road and Hangar 1 are great for the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses within the Lee’s Summit community. Bushyhead also thanked both present and previous staff, councilmembers, and Board of Aeronautic Commissioners (BOAC) members who were a part of these transportation efforts in Lee’s Summit.

Still more words of praise for the City’s latest transportation milestones came from representatives of the city of Kansas City, Mo. and BOAC.

City of Kansas City, Mo. Deputy Director of Public Works Ralph Davis described Lee’s Summit Road as “a community asset that everyone can enjoy.” The city of Kansas City paid for the portion of the project within their city limits.

During the ceremony, BOAC Chairman Tom Townsend talked about it being an exciting time for the community with the airport improvements underway and how that along with the purchase of Hangar 1 provides a better opportunity for the aviation community.

More than 60 individuals representing the cities of Lee’s Summit, Kansas City, the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, Board of Aeronautic Commissioners, partners and residents attended the ceremony inside Hangar 1 at 2525 NE Douglas St. A ribbon cutting was held for Hangar 1 and then Lee's Summit Road. 

For more information about Lee’s Summit Road and Hangar I, contact the City’s Public Works Department at 816.969.1800, visit LSpw.net or email publicworks@cityofLS.net.