Whole Foods project moves forward

young-matronsThe city council on Thursday approved a community improvement district for the Whole Foods project.

The 30-year CID a one-cent sales tax in the project area provides funding for needed public improvements, like streetscape and sewer work.

The 45.000 square feet grocery store is part of a mixed use project on about 2.8 acres south of 51st Street between Oak Street and Brookside Boulevard.

The six-story building will include 170 multi-family apartments, parking for 445 vehicles and a UMKC student health center.

Negotiations with neighbors took about three years but ended with strong community support.

The project will displace the Young Matrons clubhouse but the small 1930s-era building will be moved to 52nd and Cherry streets.

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