Ribbon-cutting for Lee’s Summit Road Completion and Hangar 1 building Acquisition
In celebration of two projects benefiting both motorists and aviators, the City of Lee’s Summit is excited to host a ribbon-cutting event for the completion of the highly anticipated Lee’s Summit Road improvements and the purchase of the newly named Hangar 1 building located on the grounds of Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport.
The ribbon-cutting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Fri., Dec. 16, inside Hangar 1, formerly known as the Air Charter hangar, 2525 NE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Mo.
The public is invited to attend this event to hear details about these projects and the positive impact each will have on Lee’s Summit and surrounding communities. Among those individuals providing remarks at the ceremony are as follows: City of Lee’s Summit’s Mayor Randy Roads, Deputy Director of Public Works Bob Hartnett, and Deputy Director of Public Works/City Engineer George Binger, Board of Aeronautic Commissioners Chairman Tom Townsend, Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport Manager John Ohrazda, and a representative from the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
Both the completion of Lee’s Summit Road and the purchase of Hangar 1 (formerly known as the Air Charter building) represent significant milestones for the City of Lee’s Summit. Besides being located within close proximity to each other, these projects have the potential to contribute to Lee’s Summit’s economic development success, especially in the northern part of the community.
About Lee’s Summit Road’s Safety Improvements:
The construction cost is $10.3 million for the 2 1/4-mile section between Colbern Road and Gregory Boulevard, with Lee’s Summit and Kansas City each paying for the portion of the project within their city limits. This project is one of six projects funded by the 1/2 cent sales tax approved by voters in 2007. There have also been federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds allocated for this project. Among the improvements promoting 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 are as follows:
- Wider roadway with three lanes and the addition of shoulders
- Multi-use trail,
- Street lighting, and
- Better roadway alignment to improve sight distances for motorists traveling this crucial stretch of roadway into and out of northern Lee’s Summit.
These roadway improvements also provide connectivity enhancements for bicyclists and pedestrians.
About Hangar 1
Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport has been in charge of day-to-day operations of the hangar building since its purchase for $1.5 million on Nov. 30. The hangar has more than 40,000 square feet of heated hangar and office space which gives the airport the ability to accommodate several based corporate aircraft with additional room for overnight, transient aircraft. The purchase cost and operating expenses will be covered through anticipated leasing revenues of the hangar space. With the increase in activity taking place at the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport, and upcoming runway improvements, the City recognized the need for a facility that could accommodate the needs of both current and future business aircraft.
Mark your calendar today so you can join the City in celebration of these two exciting projects for our community.
For more information about the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lee’s Summit Road and Hangar I, contact the City’s Public Works Department at 816.969.1800 or email publicworks@cityofLS.net.