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Legislation #: 150844 Introduction Date: 10/1/2015
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS JAMES, JR., LUCAS AND REED
Title: Directing the City Manager to identify funding in an amount of $2,052,000.00 for improvements to Parade Park; authorizing an application to the Missouri Development Finance Board for the preliminary authorization of state tax credits in the amount not to exceed $4,000,000.00 to support the Urban Youth Baseball Academy project; and authorizing the Director of Economic Development to execute a tax credit agreement with the Missouri Development Finance Board in connection with the tax credits.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
10/2/2015 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/1/2015 Referred to Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee
10/7/2015 Immediate Adoption
10/8/2015 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 150844

 

Directing the City Manager to identify funding in an amount of $2,052,000.00 for improvements to Parade Park; authorizing an application to the Missouri Development Finance Board for the preliminary authorization of state tax credits in the amount not to exceed $4,000,000.00 to support the Urban Youth Baseball Academy project; and authorizing the Director of Economic Development to execute a tax credit agreement with the Missouri Development Finance Board in connection with the tax credits.

 

WHEREAS, Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation, in cooperation with communities and MLB teams, has previously participated in the creation of six Urban Youth Academies nationwide; and

 

WHEREAS, the City, in collaboration with the Kansas City Royals, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the State of Missouri, the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation and other local partners, desires to work together to develop a Kansas City Urban Youth Academy (the "Academy") in Kansas City, Missouri as the seventh and most iconic such Academy; and

 

WHEREAS, the goal of this Academy is to reduce cost and other impediments that prevent at-risk youth from participating in baseball programs while also providing educational, vocational, and personal development for these youth; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City has provided a site for development of this facility in conjunction with a long-term lease of Parade Park, city-owned parkland located at Truman Road and Paseo Boulevard; and

 

WHEREAS, the Academy will be constructed, operated and maintained by Kansas City Urban Youth Academy, Inc. (“KCUYA”), a Missouri not-for-profit corporation that will be supported by the Kansas City Royals and philanthropy from the community, and the City will not be responsible for funding the operations or maintenance of the Academy; and

 

WHEREAS, in total, this project represents $14 million dollars of new public and private investment to the area and the City of Kansas City, Missouri and will include the construction of four baseball fields; an indoor training facility that will contain batting cages, pitchers’ mounds, an infield, administrative offices, classrooms, and storage space; basketball and off-site tennis courts; playground equipment; and raised walking trail on the existing property of Parade Park, and a public open space to serve as a connection between the Academy and other institutions in the 18th and Vine District; and

 

WHEREAS, construction of this project will occur in phases, with Phase I, estimated at $6.5 million dollars of investment, commencing in late 2015 having a target completion date of Spring 2017 and Phase II, having an estimated investment of approximately $7.5 million dollars, with the commencement and completion dates for Phase II being contingent on fundraising for the additional cost of construction.

 

WHEREAS, this investment represents a significant influx of new development resources which will have a positive economic impact on the historic 18th and Vine District by increasing visitors to the area through hosted tournaments and regional events and establishment of an anchor use, which will catalyze further economic development of the area; and

 

WHEREAS, it is estimated that the Academy will create approximately 10 new full-time and 15 new part-time jobs, including Academy staff and jobs created by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City and other project partners as a result of the project, and an estimated 34 construction jobs during development; and

 

WHEREAS, through a partnership with the Full Employment Council, immediately adjacent to the site, youth involved in the Academy will have access to job and vocational training programs and opportunities to explore sports related careers; and

 

WHEREAS, the Academy fits into the City and State’s youth initiatives regarding education and health and provides youth with an alternative to engaging in risky behavior; and

 

WHEREAS, the Academy will enhance Parade Park amenities for urban residents including the residents of Wendell Phillips, Paseo West, Downtown East, and Parade Park neighborhoods, by better utilizing the available park space and turning it into one of the premier parks in the City; and

 

WHEREAS, the placement of the Academy in proximity to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the American Jazz Museum, and the Black Archives of Mid-America will enhance the visitor experience within the district and create a nationally unique cultural center tied to the City’s rich baseball history; and

 

WHEREAS, the Academy will enhance established youth programming, such as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City and KCMO Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs, which will lead to increased youth enrollment in these programs; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Council directs the City Manager to identify funding in an amount of $2,052,000.0 for the City’s contribution for improvements to Parade Park.

 

Section 2. That the Council authorizes an application to the Missouri Development Finance Board (“MDFB”) in the amount of $4,000,000.00 for tax credits under the Contribution for Tax Credit program to assist in fundraising and financing on behalf of the Academy project.

 

Section 3. That the Director of Economic Development is authorized to execute a tax credit agreement with the MDFB for the issuance of tax credits by the MDFB in the amount of $4,000,000.00.

 

Section 4. That the Council finds and determines that the project will significantly benefit the City and the State, the benefits derived by the State are expected to exceed the benefits provided in the tax credit agreement, and the project would not proceed without the assistance provided by the MDFB.

 

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