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Legislation #: 160225 Introduction Date: 3/24/2016
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER CANADY
Title: Affirming the City’s commitment to the preservation of neighborhoods when demolishing dangerous buildings and structures; and directing the City Manager to implement the triage process.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
3/24/2016 Filed by the Clerk's office
3/24/2016 Referred to N&PS and Housing Joint Committee
3/30/2016 Hold On Agenda (4/13/2016)
4/13/2016 Hold On Agenda (5/11/2016)
5/11/2016 Immediate Adoption Second Committee Substitute
5/12/2016 Adopted as Second Committee Substitute

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SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE RESOLUTION NO. 160225

 

Affirming the City’s commitment to the preservation of neighborhoods when demolishing dangerous buildings and structures; and directing the City Manager to implement the triage process.

 

WHEREAS, properties with dangerous buildings or structures present grave health, safety, and welfare concerns, and have a tremendous negative impact upon the quality of life, safety, and health of the neighborhoods where they are located; and

 

WHEREAS, the City believes that the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City will be served by addressing the public nuisance of dangerous buildings and structures; and

 

WHEREAS, the presence of dangerous buildings, many privately-owned, contribute to the decline of neighborhoods, creating a public nuisance and contributing to lower property values; and

 

WHEREAS, the City believes that various remedies are required to abate dangerous buildings, including the concept of urban acupuncture (neighborhood development through small interventions in a targeted, community-based approach), rehabilitation, deconstruction, and demolition respectively; and

 

WHEREAS, deconstruction leads to the employment of neighborhood residents and is an environmentally friendly redirection of materials and rehabilitation supports small businesses, both as a supplement to the City’s demolition activities; and

 

WHEREAS, the City has appropriated funds in the budget to address the removal of blight; NOW THEREFORE

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the Council affirms its commitment to abating dangerous building as quickly as possible and using various tools at the City’s disposal, including implementing the concept of urban acupuncture, the small and community inspired interventions in urban design, and the preservation of neighborhoods and directs the City Manager to implement the triage process by:

 

·         Working collaboratively with neighborhoods, preservationists and other interested parties in identifying and prioritizing properties for rehabilitation, deconstruction and demolition;

 

·         Prioritizing the rehabilitation of property utilizing the receivership process, the Abandoned Housing Act through Legal Aid or other solutions;

 

·         Implementing deconstruction in targeted neighborhoods on properties if materials are salvageable;

 

·         Implementing demolitions on properties where either rehabilitation or deconstruction are not economically feasible and practical, and that threaten and are a detriment to the life, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public, or its occupants are endangered; and

 

·         Providing to the committee a staff report of the triage process within 60 days.

 

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