Community leaders look forward to guiding revitalization momentum.
The Martin City Community Improvement District (MCCID) is proud to announce Brad Ziegler and Nick Mosakowski have joined our Board of Directors. Mosakowski has also taken on the position of Treasurer, and veteran Board member Howard Barewin is moving into the position of Vice-Chair. All three business leaders are proud to play a role in shaping our community’s growth.
Our Mission to Plan a Healthy Future
Since 2005, dozens of property owners in the Martin City Community Improvement District (CID) have voluntarily charged ourselves and our customers an additional tax to fund improvements across the more than 300 acres that defines Martin City. The recently completed 135th Street project is our biggest improvement so far and has sparked a new wave of enthusiasm all over South Kansas City. It’s an exciting time to be part of our neighborhood!
A Board of Directors made up of seven property owners representing various businesses in the District governs the Martin City Community Improvement District. Each person serves a 4-year term to allow for a regular influx of different people with different perspectives. We have a contractual relationship with the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce to provide administration for the CID.
MCCID Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 8:30 am-10:00 am at Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse. They are open to the public.
Meet the 2019-2020 CID Board Members
Howard Barewin, Volleyball Beach, Vice Chair
As the owner of the popular Volleyball Beach near 135th Street and Holmes Road, Howard Barewin has been an important part of Martin City’s culture for quite some time. He’s a long-standing MCCID Board member and welcomes his new role as Vice-Chair.
“I’m honored to move into the position, but honestly, I really think the Board is such a collaborative group that regardless of our individual positions, we work closely as a team and good ideas flow freely. They can come from anyone.”
Barewin finds a little serendipity in the timing of his new role and the District’s next major infrastructure project.
“The Holmes Road improvement project directly impacts my business so of course, I have a particular interest in it. I’m excited by the potential for all of the businesses on this side of Martin City that will benefit.”
Barewin has watched Martin City evolve for many years and wants to see the community continue to integrate new businesses that enhance the area’s appeal and feed its momentum.
“The string of new businesses in Martin City that have come in over the last several years has really added to our renaissance. We’ve got such a great mix now from restaurants and technology to sports and recreation. It feels like all the right ingredients are coming together for a community that will thrive well into the future.”
As Barewin sees it, the strong, supportive relationships that businesses share in Martin City make the neighborhood especially attractive to entrepreneurs. He says word is getting out and if you have an interest in setting up shop here, don’t delay!
“Now is the time. Our neighborhood is a rising star and there’s a lot of interest. Good things are happening fast.”
Brad Ziegler, KC Running Company
KC Running Company’s move to a remodeled building across from Rosehill Gardens also marks an exciting new era for a business that mirrors so much new energy up and down 135th Street. With fresh with new pavement, sidewalks and landscaping, Brad Ziegler comes to the Board with a big interest in exploring the District’s potential.
“I like to solve problems and make progress. I think that’s what I bring to the table. I’m looking forward to hearing different perspectives and learning more about the challenges the District is facing so that I can join the Board in making a difference.”
Ziegler says KC Running Company is grateful for Martin City’s investment in infrastructure. He says he’s now having thoughts about what comes next.
“The initial infrastructure investment is great. It was so overdue. I think now we have to also think about how we maintain it. How do we make sure that we protect our investment with upkeep and things like that.”
Martin City’s diverse business community is a valuable asset, according to Ziegler. He thinks it can help the District bring more businesses to the area.
“You know, what makes Martin City really interesting is that it’s such a diverse group of businesses. We have different types of businesses as well as a blend of new businesses and businesses that have been here for generations. I think it’s a strength we can build on.”
Collaboration has always been a hallmark of KC Running Company’s culture. Ziegler wants to see what more collaboration among Martin City businesses can achieve, whether it’s shaping solutions or coordinating community events.
“If we keep trying to find opportunities to work together and support each other, great things can happen and we’ll all benefit. I’m really optimistic about what we can do as a team.”
Nick Mosakowski, Reno’s Powersports KC, Treasurer
Nick Mosakowski knows Martin City as well as he knows Reno’s Powersports KC, a landmark business at 136th Street and Holmes specializing in everything from motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles to watercraft. He grew up in the area and has worked at Reno’s Powersports KC for two decades. Mosakowski joins the MCCID Board as Treasurer and brings over 25 years of accounting and auditing experience.
“I’m the General Manager and Controller at Reno’s Powersports KC, so I’ve been managing money for a long time. I’m happy to put my skills to work for the CID and Martin City’s benefit. It’s a great opportunity.”
Mosakowski says he would like to see more retail to help balance the mix of businesses across Martin City.
“I’d like to see stores that can attract shoppers from surrounding communities and give them more incentive to visit our area. I’m interested in finding out what we can do to help, as the MCCID Board.”
Like other business leaders in Martin City, Mosakowski is proud of the 135th Street improvements and looks forward to the Holmes Road project that hits closer to home for Reno’s Powersports KC and many other businesses on Martin City’s east side.
“It’s great to see people out walking on 135th Street and I’d really like to see that on Holmes Road so our customers can enjoy the same kind of thing. Sidewalks would really boost businesses and make this part of Martin City so much better for visitors. I’m definitely looking forward to being involved in that project.”
We want to wish Howard, Brad, Nick, and the rest of the MCCID Board the best of luck as we continue our work improving the neighborhood. If you have ideas you believe would be good for Martin City, don’t be shy! Attend our next board meeting and share your ideas and help us make Martin City all it can be! Meetings are open to the public. View past meeting minutes here.
- July 11, 2019, MCCID Board meeting, 8:30 am, Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse
- August 8, 2019, MCCID Board Meeting, 8:30 am, Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse