Main Street News April 2017

Midtown/UMKC Streetcar Extension: Upcoming Election

On April 5th, registered voters within the proposed Transportation Development District (TDD) may begin applying for the streetcar mail-in ballot. The TDD is a special taxing district that will fund a significant portion of the construction, operations, and maintenance costs of the streetcar. Like the existing TDD, the extension will create a 1% sales tax within the entire new district and special assessments on real property within the district that is within approximately 1/3 mile of the track. This election asks voters whether to form the TDD  The election is a two-step process, where you must first apply for the ballot. The application window is April 5th to May 23rd. Then, you will be mailed the ballot on June 20th. You will be required to mail that ballot back by August 1st.

In order to receive a ballot, voters must provide proof of voter registration that indicates they reside within the proposed TDD boundary. This boundary, which is intended to eventually replace the downtown streetcar TDD, goes from the Missouri River in the north to about 53rd Street in the south and Campbell Street on the east to State Line on the west. In order to confirm whether or not you live in the boundary, please refer to the map below. To zoom in please click on the photo. To apply for the ballot, you can  click here starting April 5th, 2017 until May 23, 2017.

This election will be followed by a live election sometime in the fall to determine the TDD directors. Once that is completed there will be another mail in ballot to approve the TDD funding toward the end of 2017.

MainCor supports the streetcar extension down Main Street because it will promote mixed-use development, provide more transit options for our community, and increase economic development along the corridor. We have seen the successes of the streetcar in downtown and know that this extension is great progress for Midtown and the city as a whole. 

David Johnson, Chair of the Board of Directors of Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, feels that Main Street is the corridor that makes sense for the streetcar to extend down. He said, "I think Main Street is built for transit. It was the last streetcar line that ran and those bones are thankfully still there." He also agreed with MainCor's view on mixed use development, stating, "I believe that the entire length of Main Street...could absorb a significant amount of mixed use vertical development."

For more information, please visit the KCRTA's page on the Midtown Extension.

National WWI Museum and Memorial: Centennial Commission

On April 6, 1917, the United States officially entered into World War I. 100 years later, the United States World War I Centennial Commission will host and present: "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: A Centennial Commemoration of the United States Entry into World War I" at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Thousands will converge on the landmark memorial, and millions more will be watching live across America and around the world. To RSVP and for more information, please click here
Take Your Can to Work Day for Harvesters

MainCor is a donation location for Harvester's Take Your Can to Work Day event! From April 7th to April 14th we will be collecting canned goods for Harvesters in our office at 3215 Main Street. If you can't stop by the office, you are still able to donate cans online through MainCor by following this link

Food Drives are Harvesters’ best source of high-quality non-perishable foods and are an important component of how they accomplish their mission of feeding hungry people today and working to end hunger tomorrow.  Last fiscal year, they distributed just under 16 million meals in Jackson County alone, including 5.5 million pounds of produce.
Kansas City, MO April 4th Special Election

Election Day: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Polls Open at 6:00 a.m.
Polls Close at 7:00 p.m.
Please click the link for:
Sample Ballot
List of Acceptable IDs
List of Ballot Issues

 City in Motion: Evening of Wine & Chocolate

April 8th from 6 - 9 PM is City in Motion Dance Theater's 11th Annual Evening of Wine & Chocolate! This event will take place at the home of John Gregory, 3728 Homes. This stately home in the Prairie School style was completed in 1924 for Victor Speas by Danish architect Christian Jesperson. The brick house has a low, flat profile that spreads across the hill overlooking Harrison Parkway. The ample south-facing windows and 2nd floor terrace are designed to maximize the park view. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. They can be purchased by clicking here or sending a check to: City in Motion Dance Theater, Inc. Attn: W&C, 3925 Main Street, KCMO 64111. All proceeds benefit the City in Motion Dance Theater's professional company concert. 


WanderFest! Explore the 31st and Cherry District

Are you looking for a fun way to explore Kansas City this spring? On April 30th, join the 31st and Cherry District at their WanderFest event from noon - 6pm! This will be a chance for you to wander from location to location, shopping and exploring. Each visitor will receive a passport and when you visit different businesses, they will give you a stamp. Once your entire passport is completed, you will be entered in a raffle for a bundle of great prizes from the over 20 participating organizations, including: Cherry Pit Collective, Two Tone Press, Maker Village, Oddities Prints, Holy Cow Market and Music, True Style Glass, Studio Joy, Inner Space Yoga, Enhance your Art, Longfellow Farm, Bridgeport Church, El Torreon Event Space, Attitude Restaurant, Green Thumb Gardens, and 816 Bike Collective! There will be music, art, crafts, food, drinks, and loads of fun! Guide maps can be picked up at any of the locations. For more information, please email Kelsey Pike

The Whole Person Presents: Expressions

The Whole Person is hosting an opening night event for their Expressions Art Exhibit on April 7th. This exhibit showcases artists with disabilities. It will be located at Kansas City Young Audiences, from 6-10. For more information on the event please visit their facebook page.

Nelson-Atkins: Passport to India!

Join the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for their Passport to India festival Sunday, April 9th from 10am - 4pm! Discover the dance, music, fashions, art, and culture of South Asia! The event is free and open to the public. Activities include hands-on learning in the South and Southeast Asian Art Galleries, henna design demonstrations and temporary tattoos and art activities. Enjoy dance and music performances and a fashion show. In honor of 70 years of India’s independence, and 20 years of community collaborations, the 2017 Passport to India is bigger than ever! 

Parking in the museum garage is $8. Museum members park free. Additional free parking and accessible shuttle service available at Kauffman Foundation & Kauffman Gardens, 4800-01 Rockhill Road. For more information and a full list of events and times please click the photo above.


April Luncheon: Penn Valley Park Conservancy - Plein Air Festival

Join us at our office on Thursday, April 20th from 11:30 to 1 for our April Networking Luncheon. Our special guest this month is the Penn Valley Park Conservancy talking about the Plein Air Art Festival in May. More information will come in our luncheon emails later in the month. For more information about the festival and to sign up for updates, click here

2017 Hyde Park Spring Frolic & Egg Hunt

Bring your family to the 20th Annual Hyde Park Spring Frolic & Egg Hunt! Kansas City’s biggest Easter festival – which runs from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday, March 27th– offers a variety of entertaining activities for children including pony rides, a petting zoo, Odd Ball Kids activities, family photos with the Easter Bunny, and more! Everything is free and open to the public.

The festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. when the giant Hyde Park Bunny arrives. At 1:00 p.m., children up to age 10 are invited to participate in the egg hunt, which will be organized by age groups to give every child a chance to find plenty of plastic eggs filled with candy. Activity booths and supervised games will be ongoing throughout the event, which ends a 3:00 p.m. Please bring a basket or bag for the egg hunt. The park is located at 38th and Gillham Road. 
Hard to Recycle Event

On Saturday, April 22 from 8 AM - 12 PM there will be a hard to recycle collection event at the Manuel Tech Career Center located at 1320 Truman Road. Surplus Exchange, Disabled Veterans, Ripple Glass, City of Kansas City, Missouri, RevolveKC, Truman Habitat, and Avenue of Life will be there to collect your recyclables. There will also be on site document shredding. Please see the poster above for more information. 
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.

Please Support MainCor by donating towards 2017!

2017 is finally here! As we begin our 2017 fundraising campaign, we want to thank each one of our 2016 contributors! 

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

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

Please visit our website - to donate now! You can also donate via PayPal


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 Burnette 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! 

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