Happy New Year! It’s easy to get excited about 2016 because our district has so many projects to be excited about! According to a recent article in the Kansas City Star, people who haven’t been down to our neck of the woods in South Kansas City lately might not be aware of the transformation underway!
One thing we know for sure… Martin City is worth investing in! Beyond the long time restaurants, “the whole face of Martin City is changing,” says Karyn Brooke, chair of the Martin City Business and Community Association.
Here’s what’s in store for 2016:
Phase II Construction Begins
Phase 2 improvements include the installation of a new storm water drainage system, replacement of the old 12” water main in this section, construction of curbs and sidewalks, installation of a traffic signal at Wornall Road and 135th Street, installation of new street lights, construction of on-street parking, and new street surfacing.
Subject to weather, starting January 4th Blue Nile will close Wornall Road between 133rdStreet and 135thStreet so they may complete work on a section of the new water main running north and south. Road closure signs will be posted at Blue Ridge and Wornall Road to provide ample notice of road closure. Trucks will not be permitted to cut through the Village Glenn neighborhood.
The City asks all businesses to plan accordingly for the street closure. The 135th Street and Wornall Road intersection closure is scheduled for the entire month of January. Traffic along 135th Street will not be impacted by the construction activities. Please visit our construction page for more information about all phases of construction.
FishTech Product Demonstration Facility – A new 20,000-sq-ft building is planned for 13333 Holmes Road (between Margaritas and Volleyball Beach) in Martin City. The highly energy-efficient building is expected to cost $8 million to construct and will be staffed by 48 employees with an average annual salary of $119,000. Read more about the project here
MMC Contractors Expansion – Currently investing more than $3 million in the expansion of their Martin City location, which will give them additional room to house the 42 new employees they plan to hire!
IRISHPALOOZA – Martin City St. Patrick’s Parade – Sunday, March 13th, 2:00pm
Parade Details: 2016 will mark the 29th year of the Martin City St. Patrick’s Parade! The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. departing from the State Line Point Shopping Center parking lot at Washington Street and 135th Street, proceeding east across 135th Street to Holmes Road. Early line-up begins around 12pm. The parade typically has over 35 entries – a great mix of floats, family entries, drill teams, auto clubs, motorcycle groups, dignitary cars, walking groups and many animal groups. The parade ends at around 3:30 p.m. Stay up to date with all things parade by signing up for our email newsletter or by joining our Facebook community!
5K WHISKEY RUN RACE – Sunday, March 13, 2016, 8:30am
The Whiskey Run 5K race is part of the 29th annual Irishpalooza St. Patrick’s celebration in Martin City. The 5K is chip-timed, and you can register as an individual or as part of a team of 4 or more. All participants get a race t-shirt, a glass mug and a FREE post-race brunch at RC’s Restaurant. 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! Learn more by visiting the 5K Whiskey Run website.
3RD THURSDAY PROGRAM RESUMES IN SPRING
What’s 3rd Thursday in Martin City? The goal of “3rd Thursday” in Martin City is to support our local Martin City businesses by making a point to shop and dine in the CID district during the hours of 5-9pm on the third Thursday of each month. Of course, you are welcome to shop, dine and play in Martin City ANY DAY of the week but we try to do something special during the warmer months to make it a little more fun! Many of our businesses have 3rd Thursday specials and other offerings during this time, and our monthly 3rd Thursday theme offers drink tickets and other giveaways.
3rd Thursday in Martin City is hosted monthly from April – October and ends in November with a holiday lighting. More information is posted on this page as event dates approach. In the meantime, mark your calendars from 5-9pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month so you can spend the evening with us in Martin City! For more information and updates on 3rd Thursday themes, please sign up for our email newsletter or join our Facebook community where we post the events each month!