How Did We Get Here?
In April 2013, Lee’s Summit voters approved a $2,898,000 general obligation bond for the purpose of constructing and rehabilitating public improvements for cultural arts, including improvements to the Legacy Park Amphitheater, rehabilitating the former post office/city hall building, and the creation of a downtown performance and festival space.
The proposed improvements were based on the 2007 Cultural Arts Plan and 2012 Cultural Facilities Master Plan. These projects were also supported by goals in the Quality of Life Key Performance Area of the strategic visioning document LS360: Charting Tomorrow, and the Mayor’s Cultural Facilities Task Force.
The initial proposed location of the downtown performance and festival space was limiting and there was a desire by the downtown merchants to combine this amenity with a permanent farmer's market pavilion (also recommended in the 2004 Downtown Master Plan). An alternate site near Southeast Green Street and Southeast Third Street was selected and the City began the process of assembling property that will allow a combination of private investments and public facilities/space that could meet several goals of the 2004 Downtown Master Plan.
Funding for the project will come from the remaining bond balance, proceeds set aside from the sale of surplus properties, a partnership with the Downtown Community Improvement District and potential private investment.
The City issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) with a deadline of October 30 to solicit interested master development firms to partner with the City and the Downtown Community Improvement District to create a public/private partnership for the mixed-use Downtown Market Plaza redevelopment project. Currently, the RFQs are going through a selection process. The RFQ seeks professional management services to manage the public facilities of the Downtown Market Plaza in close coordination with the City, Community Improvement District and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street. The Downtown Market Plaza redevelopment envisions the creation of both private and public structures/spaces, as well as the construction of public infrastructure and utility improvements.