What You Need to Know about
The 1850's Until Forever:
- Martin City was established in the mid-1850's as a major jumping off point for travelers going west along the Santa Fe Trail.
- MC-CID is a 300-acre political subdivision of 75+ businesses which are primarily family-owned, locally grown businesses where the owners are often on site waiting on customers.
- The CID was established in 2005 in perpetuity.
- Martin City was annexed by the City of Kansas City, MO in 1963.
Governed by a Board of Seven Directors Comprised of Property Owners:
- The Board meets the second Thursday monthly at Jess & Jim's Steakhouse.
- The meetings run from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and are open to the public.
- Plan to attend sometime – these meetings are very informative.
- A CID is an economic development tool.
- MC-CID exists to improve the District through master planning that implements the following:
- In infrastructure, transportation, and appearance.
- Policies of safety and security.
- Marketing campaigns to attract new business and tourism.
- Programs that foster recreational & cultural activity as well as special events.
MC-CID has Dedicated Revenue Streams:
- Annual revenues from a $.005 % assessment on retail sales (excluding real estate and automobiles).
- An annual property tax of $150 per property.
- These revenues fund the activities listed below.
MC-CID Current and Future Activities Include:
- Construction of a one-mile stretch along 135th St. from Holmes Road to Hwy 150 which includes upgrading the road from a 2-lane street to 3 lanes, plus the addition of curbs, gutters, an enclosed drainage system, geometric improvements at major intersections, traffic signal modifications, traffic signal installation, new streetlights, sidewalks and 55 new parallel parking spaces. This is a $6,000,000 project.
- Phase I construction from Holmes Road to Oak St. will begin in late 2013.
- Hosting events such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade (est. 1987) with over 20,000 parade attendees; the new Whiskey Run – a 5 K Race for charity; a CID Holiday Open House for all of our local partners; in-district business seminars; supporting 3rd Thursday Martin City - a monthly event where participating Martin City businesses donate 10% of their receipts for that night between the hours of 5-9 pm. to a different local charity.
- Constructing and maintaining Martin City signature signage at primary entry points into the district.
- Decorating Martin City: Holiday lighting from Nov. – Jan. along 135th St. /Washington St. as well as seasonal decorative light pole banners.
- Maintaining an active and informative district Facebook page (www.facebook.com/martincitycommunityimprovementdistrict) and LinkedIn page for the District Manager (www.Linkedin.com)
- Actively seeking new businesses to fill the vacant locations such as the former Sutherland's Lumber and Commerce Bank Branch buildings as well as choice pieces of vacant properties on Holmes Road and 135th St. where new development can occur.