REMINDER: Spring Dumpster Day is THIS Saturday, May 14th

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This event is for members only and is first come, first served. You may come more than once, but you must have your membership checked the first time. Once the dumpsters are full, the event will be over. We cannot get more dumpsters.

Click here for information on what you can and cannot bring to the dumpsters- http://towerhomesassociation.org/?p=16

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Join us for an official Lighting Ceremony and Celebration at Tower Park

2016-04-18_1023Councilmen Scott Taylor & Kevin McManus invite you to celebrate the restoration of the Historic Waldo Water Tower and new lighting on Wednesday, April 27th at 8pm. The festivities will be held at Tower Park, 75th & Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO

Join retired Royals player, Dennis Leonard, as he flips the switch to turn the tower BLUE! #GoRoyals

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Bingham Demolition Set to Begin

IMG_9087On Saturday, April 9th, we attended a meeting to discuss the demolition of Bingham Junior High School, located at 7618 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri. The school has been blighted for quite some time and a huge eye-sore to the neighbors.

You may remember that in 2013, the school attempted to sell the property to a developer but met resistance from neighbors when it was revealed that a Walmart Neighborhood Market would be going in.

Now, almost three years later, the district has finally began moving forward on the demolition of the building.  Following is the handout that they gave us with some basic information and contact info:

binghamcapture Neighbors were out and asking questions of Midland Wrecking Company representative, Steve Tripp, as well as Shannon Jaax, who represents the Kansas City Missouri Public IMG_9088School District.

One question asked was about the rodent population and other critters that might be living in the abandoned building. They will be placing poison around the property which may mean that some pets who eat these critters may become poisoned as well. If you notice any issues with your pets getting sick and you are in the vicinity, contact your vet immediately.

Another question was about the asbestos abatement. This was to begin immediately while the demolitions crew were waiting to get water and other services completely shut off in the area.  There is only a small amount of asbestos left in the building and will be contained to that area while being removed. Then the demolition can begin.

We were very happy to hear that there were no plans to knock down any of the beautiful trees on the property and the immediate goal was to seed the area during the fall growing season. No plans are being looked at to sell the property so for now, the neighbors will enjoy green space and the ball diamond, once the demolition is complete. This definitely made the neighbors feel great.

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One last thing, and that is for any of the Bingham Junior High Alumni who may be feeling a bit nostalgic. Apparently there is a chance you might be able to secure a few of the auditorium seats and/or a few of the lockers as well as bricks and flooring from the gym, but only by special request.  Please contact Steve Tripp at the number on his handout and let him know if you are interested.

PLEASE REPORT ANY TRESPASSERS ONCE DEMOLITION HAS BEGUN- Kansas City School District security dispatch is at 816-418-8813 and will send someone over should you notice anyone scaling the fence or entering the construction site.

Big thanks to KCTV5 who came out and did a nice story on the progress. We look forward to what comes next.

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New Charter School coming to the Neighborhood!

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This is a big win! The Marlborough neighborhood and WTHA have worked with Legal Aid to fight the blight of the decaying former King Louie building on Troost. Now it will be a charter school!

Read more about it here- http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2016/03/29/kc-charter-school-king-louie-building-purchase.html

Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA), a Kansas City charter school, recently purchased a building in Kansas City, Missouri, after receiving more than $3 million in pledges over the past 6 months. AFIA closed its real estate transaction for the property on March 21, and will move into the space at the start of the 2016-17 school year. The facility, located at 7910 Troost Avenue, is the original home of King Louie East Bowling Alley, built in 1955.

The building was chosen for its sound structure and shape, as well as its locational appeal in the south area of Kansas City. In addition, the large lot on the west side of the building has ample space for parking, playgrounds and community gardens.

Working with the team at Kansas City-based Helix Architecture & Design, AFIA has plans to use the space for a modern configuration of common areas and classrooms, including new areas dedicated to music and fine arts.

According to Helix’s Bryan Gross, Lead Architect on the AFIA project, “As we explored both new construction and renovation options for AFIA’s new home, the existing King Louie East building presented a fortuitous solution that accommodates the programmatic needs of the school while allowing them to move in much sooner than building new. In our design, we tried to provide flexible spaces that will foster a culture of collaborative teaching. One particular space we are excited about is a mini-amphitheater with bleacher seating that will allow for impromptu meetings, student performances or a casual reading area. The building will be an incredible asset for AFIA educators and administrators as they continue to grow and advance their mission of using the arts as a catalyst for learning.”

The building purchase was made possible with recent pledges totaling over $3 million, anchored by a $1 million lead pledge from Kansas City philanthropists and business owners, Laurie Bomba and Andy Fromm. Bomba currently serves as the school’s volunteer librarian, where she has spent 15-20 hours per week witnessing how a constructivist, arts-integrated school operates. “I have been astonished by the work the teachers and students have accomplished in such minimalist facilities. Much is accomplished with little at this school. I can’t help imagining what more would be possible in a better-designed space. I leave the property each day with a strong sense that the committed teachers and engaged students of this school deserve better,” says Bomba.

AFIA’s principal, Tricia DeGraff, Ph.D., says she is thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon the school’s recent academic successes in a more inspired, productive space. “Our growing enrollment is a testament to the talented and caring team at AFIA. Families see the value in our constructivist, student-centered approach to learning, but we’re out of space in our current facility. In addition to giving us room to grow, our new building is designed to reflect our unique philosophy.”

The school’s student population is projected to increase from 120 to 160 students in grade K-6 for the 2016-17 school year. The school will eventually grow to approximately 350 students.

Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year, AFIA’s first in its new space, is now open. There are openings in all grades, with enough spots for 40 kindergarteners. Says school founder Lynne Brown, “I am excited by the work of our team. The AFIA educators, our principal, teachers, staff and volunteers are doing outstanding work in two small warehouses, and the new facility will be worthy of their efforts.”

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Meeting set to discuss demolition of Bingham Middle School

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Bingham Middle School Demolition Information Session
April 9, 2016 at 10:00am
Bingham Middle School, 7618 Wyandotte St.
**If it should rain that morning, we will move the meeting to the Keystone United Methodist Church located at 406 W 74th Street.

Midland Wrecking, Inc. has been selected by KCPS to perform the abatement and demolition of the former Bingham Middle School, 7618 Wyandotte St. Stakeholders are invited to attend a community information session on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00am. This meeting will be held on site at the Bingham location. If it should rain that morning, we will move the meeting to the Keystone United Methodist Church located at 406 W 74th Street.

At this community meeting, Midland Wrecking, Inc. will inform neighbors of the demolition schedule, methods, haul route, and safety, as well as other details related to the project.  Questions related to the project will also be answered at this time.

If you have comments/questions, please contact the Repurposing Initiative Office at repurposing@kcpublicschools.org or 816-418-7725

 

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Spring Dumpster Day set for May 14, 2016

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This event is for members only and is first come, first served. You may come more than once, but you must have your membership checked the first time. Once the dumpsters are full, the event will be over. We cannot get more dumpsters.

Click here for information on what you can and cannot bring to the dumpsters- http://towerhomesassociation.org/?p=16

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March Neighborhood Meeting Minutes

Waldo Tower Homes Association

Neighborhood Meeting

March 12, 2016 10 p.m.

Earnings Tax Renewal, Jan Marcason (previously represented Waldo on City Council prior to redistricting). The vote is April 5. (This may be confusing as the federal primary election is March 15)

  • 1% tax, since 1963
  • City budget supported by enterprise fund (water, sewer, aviation = funds restricted for these uses)
  • Restricted funds (levies, designated funds)
  • $500 million operating/unrestricted account – 40% of this fund is from the earnings tax. 80% of the funding for police and fire comes from this fund.
  • 50% of the earnings tax comes from non-residents of KCMO that work in KCMO, as they use our services
  • Even when music and sports performers are in town and earn funds in KCMO, they pay the earnings tax
  • Both St. Louis and Kansas City have an earnings tax, and tax payers have to vote on a renewal every five years.

The dependency on these funds can affect the credit rating of the city. If it were to fail the vote, the legislation does not allow it to come up for a vote again. The loss of revenues would result in a need to increase property taxes. The major opponent to the earnings tax is a millionaire in St. Louis that is funding the campaign.

The other items on the April 5 ballot are school board positions. However, many are write in candidates. To learn more about the school board candidates, KCUR profiled those running.

Karol O’Brien – 6th District City Council District Meeting

Tree trimming – the budget for this has been cut. Much of the preventative maintenance has been cut, so now you need to call 311 (or report online) on an as-needed basis to report any trees in the city right-of-way that has dead limbs or other damage.

Kansas City Public Schools – Repurposing Initiative

Paul Robeson School, 82nd and Holmes – Status of school moved from “mothballed for future use” to “available for sale.” The district will hold public meetings as potential buyers approach the district.

Bingham School – 76th and Wyandotte- A contractor was selected for demolition. A public meeting is likely in April. An announcement will be sent via email.

Wornall Streetscape Plans – The intersection will be reconfigured to close part of Broadway between 74th and 75th, to move the parking closer to the buildings and allow the Trolley Trail to be continuous without cutting through the parking lot as it does now. A dedicated turning lane will be added on both eastbound and westbound 75th Street. Traffic will be slowed to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment. Learn more at waldokc.org  (link to plan)

Neighborhood Garage Sale – Angie Lile has volunteered to coordinate residents that may be interested in a neighborhood-wide garage sale weekend on either April 2nd or April 9, promoted on social media. A map will be created to link the sites together.

New restaurants in the neighborhoodNeighborhood Café, an all-day breakfast restaurant opening at 75th and Wornall where Wei Chinese Buffet was located. Also, a new ice cream shop called Betty Rae’s will be opening at 72nd and Wornall, where the Orange Leaf yogurt shop was located. Support locally owned businesses!

Waldo Water Tower Painting caper – A few months ago, an oil painting located here at the library was stolen and it was caught on video. The media covered the story (Fox 4) and it was returned anonymously via mail.

Tower Park – A new neighborhood resident voiced concerns about the play equipment and walking trail in the park. The walking trail is not inviting and the play equipment is aging and very hot in the heat of the summer. Angie Lile suggested crowd-source funding and other fundraising ideas. A dedication of the tower is planned for this summer, which was restored and new lighting was added.

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Join us this Saturday

2016-03-08_1649Join us this Saturday, March 12th, at 10am in the Waldo Library, Meeting Room A.

We’ll be joined by Jan Marcason to talk about the upcoming vote to renew the City Earnings Tax.

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Crime Stats 2/29/16-3/6/16

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Waldo Week Continues!

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Neighborhood Garage Sale anyone?

We heard that some neighbors would like to combine forces and have a neighborhood garage sale this year and Waldo Tower Homes wants to help! If you are interested in having a sale, please fill out the form below:

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Join us on March 12th for our Next General Meeting

2016-02-29_1005Join us for our upcoming Neighborhood Meeting on Saturday, March 12th, at 10am in the Waldo Library, Room A.

We’ll learn more about the upcoming elections, including the Earnings Tax, or e-tax, which is up for renewal. Light refreshments will be provided. This is a great way to meet some of the folks from your neighborhood.

If you would like to join our “Sign Brigade” and help raise awareness about upcoming general meetings, please contact us.

We’ll send you an email the week before our meetings so you can set out your sign and let your neighbors know. Thanks for helping to spread the word and get more people involved!

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Crime Report 2/22/16-2/28/16

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Crime Report 2/15/16 – 2/21/16

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Getting Healthy Through Gardening – FREE Nutrition Classes Fridays, April 8 – May 13

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Learn more by clicking here- http://towerhomesassociation.org/wptha/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Getting-Healthy-Through-Gardening.pdf

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Family Computer Day March 9th

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Eating Smart, Being Active FREE Nutrition Classes – Thursdays, March 3rd-31st

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Have you seen this painting?

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The painting is by a local artist named Patrick Saunders and it’s of the historic Waldo Water Tower. Saunders painted it at last year’s celebration for the second phase of the tower’s restoration, and that’s where Kurtis Marinez, the president of the Waldo Tower Historic Society, bought it. Read more of this story on Fox4KC.com.

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E-Waste Recycling Program March 19th

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Crime Report 2/8/16 – 2/14/16

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