If you haven’t ventured down to Martin City lately, you might not be aware of how much investment is being made in our district. We have a LOT going on… and we have a LOT of opportunities still to come! Here are five things that make Martin City a GREAT investment…
1. Major Infrastructure Improvements Have Been Made
Phases 1 and 2 of the 135th Street Public Improvement project is finished! This has provided a major face-lift to 135th Street from Holmes Road all the way to Wornall Road. A new street lane was added along with new on-street parking spaces, brand new sidewalks, a new storm sewer, new curbs and gutters, new pavement, and two new traffic signals – one at Holmes Road and the other at Wornall. A 12” water line was also replaced, drainage has been improved, and all the street lights have been upgraded.
The City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC) has recommended to the City Council an allocation of $1 million for the third phase of 135th Street improvements from Wornall Road to Inverness Drive in the upcoming City’s 2017-18 fiscal year.
The funding, which will require final approval by the City Council in April 2017, will come from funds designated for projects of citywide significance, indicating PIAC members now understand that Martin City generates significant sales tax revenue that benefits the entire city, much of it coming from Kansas residents. PIAC-recommended funds for the prior two phases of 135th Street improvements all came from 6th District funds.
The third phase of the 135th Street project is estimated to cost $3.5 million. The City staff and Martin City CID staff are working to identify potential funding for the remaining $2.5 million of the project cost. One possible source could be proceeds from the $800 million bond issue the City Manager has proposed putting on April 4, 2017, ballot, if it passes.
“We have prime real estate that needs development but we can’t do that without additional infrastructure improvements,” said MCCID’s Executive Director.
“Our goal is to continue educating the public about all the opportunities Martin City has for growth, and how Kansas City, Missouri as a whole would benefit from these improvements.”
2. Business Is BOOMING!
A Few of our NEW Martin City Businesses….
FishTech Product Demonstration Facility – A new 20,000-sq-ft building is almost finished. The highly energy-efficient building cost $8M+ to construct and will be staffed by 48 employees with an average annual salary of $119,000.
MidWest Kustoms and Collison All in one auto shop for fleet, insurance, repairs, and custom fabrication work.
Java Brothers A local Kansas City small batch coffee roaster & distributor.
Harry’s Tavern An extension of Lukas Liquor on Washington Street, Harry’s Tavern is a craft beer-focused bar, also serves some wine on tap and has a selection of local and high-end liquor.
A Few of our GROWING Martin City Businesses…
3. Commercial Property Is Available!
Why buy real estate in Martin City, MO?
- Lower overall cost to purchase
- Just across the state line from the wealthiest Johnson County suburb of Leawood, Kansas
- Easy highway access to I-49 and I-435
- 2500+ Honeywell FMT employees just 5 minutes south of Martin City
- Dedicated local leaders who will lobby on your behalf
- Property tax abatement for qualified candidates
- SBA hub zone
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4. Martin City Has Jobs!
Did you know Martin City has 75+ businesses in our district boundaries? That means, there is a huge workforce in Martin City! With all the upward growth our businesses are experiencing, many are in need of additional labor. We actively work with companies located in our district to promote open positions on the “Jobs” page on our website.
5. Our Community Is Active!
Martin City Hosts Several Local Races
The Whiskey Run 5K race is part of the annual Irishpalooza St. Patrick’s celebration in Martin City is chip-timed, and you can register as an individual or as part of a team of 4 or more. All participants receive a race t-shirt, glass mug, and a FREE post-race brunch. Spectators are also encouraged to join the runners at RC’s for a specially priced breakfast buffet. The overall winners have the opportunity to ride in the Martin City St. Patrick’s Parade following the race.
The .1K challenge is held in late April and just about ANYONE can finish this race! All you have to do is make it 328 feet! Costumes are welcome, plenty of food, snacks, and beer. All proceeds go to the Mid-America Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help find a cure for blood cancers.
We Have Our Own Parade!
2018 will mark the 31st year of the Martin City St. Patrick’s Parade! The parade begins on Sunday, March 11th, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. departing from the State Line Point Shopping Center parking lot at Washington Street and 135th Street, proceeding east down 135th Street to Holmes Road. The parade typically has a mix of floats, family entries, drill teams, auto clubs, motorcycle groups, dignitary cars, walking groups, and animal groups. The parade ends at around 3:30 p.m.
We Shop Local
Shopping local in Martin City helps us build and grow. When you eat at a restaurant or give someone a gift from a local Martin City business, a portion of the sales tax you pay directly benefits our district. It’s how we pay for our new roads, sidewalks, hanging baskets, and other projects that keep our community vibrant and growing.
We Host An Annual Holiday Lighting With The MCBCA
Each year, the Martin City CID, in partnership with the Martin City Business and Community Association (MCBCA), hosts an annual holiday lighting event at the Bailey Brothers Bank Building on 135th Street, in the heart of Martin City. The holiday lights are officially turned on around 7:00 pm by Santa or another celebrity guest.
“There is an energy in Martin City that hasn’t been there in the past,” said Vickie Wolgast, President of the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. “People are visiting that have never been there before and they are recognizing all the growth and change that’s been happening.”
We are so grateful for the many, many people who continue to support the growth of Martin City and are looking forward to all the good things we have coming our way!