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LYKINS NEIGHBORHOOD STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A part of the Historic Northeast Kansas City, the Lykins Neighborhood is a culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged neighborhood located between Independence Avenue and Truman Road, Benton Boulevard and Hardesty Avenue. The neighborhood is conveniently located near downtown and with a growing interest from the development community in the Historic Northeast neighborhoods, Lykins, with just over 1,600 households and more than 200 vacant lots, needed a plan to help guide conversations with the KCMO Land Bank and private developers. 


Since 2018, Hoxie Collective has worked with the Lykins Neighborhood and their partners, including Gregg Lombardi of Neighborhood Legal Support. The collaboration started with a strategic development plan to guide neighborhood change. In the Lykins neighborhood, our initial planning process surveyed the neighborhood’s assets and investments including local businesses, residential rehabilitations, city investment, social service providers, and faith-based community anchors. We also analyzed the challenges of the neighborhood, including crime hotspots, dumping, vacancy, abandoned and unsafe properties, and polluting land uses. 

 

The goal of the planning process was to establish an understanding of the neighborhood’s assets and challenges and to provide information for proactive collaboration with future development partners, particularly the Land Bank. The plan also provides suggestions for investment opportunities, establishes a preliminary focus area, and encourages the next steps of increased engagement. During this process, the standing Lykins Housing and Development Committee formed to guide an increasingly comprehensive neighborhood strategy over time. Additional topics to address as capacity increases include:

  • Mobility

  • Economic Development

  • Health

  • Infrastructure

  • Social and Cultural Systems

  • Environmental Systems

 

The Housing and Development Committee determined a need for a set of performance guidelines to establish expectations and agreements with rehabbers and developers working in the focus area. See Lykins Performance Guidelines HERE

Following both the plan and development guidelines, the neighborhood worked on a design for park improvements in collaboration with Eco Abet and the KCMO Parks and Recreation Department. Current work includes establishing Metrics for Measuring Success as the neighborhood progresses. These projects have helped to establish neighborhood goals and have ensured residents are guiding the ways their community evolves.

PROJECT DATA

Location

Kansas City, Missouri

Year

2018

Client

Gregg Lombardi

Lykins Neighborhood Association

Executive Director

gregg@nls4kc.org

816.401.1951

Phases

Phase 1: January - March 2018

Preliminary Housing Plan and Focus Area Identification

- HUD Section 4 funding managed by Northeast Alliance Together

Phase 2: April - December 2018

Focus Area Refinement and Performance Guidelines

- COMBAT funding through fiscal agent, Catholic Charities of Kansas City

- Managed by Neighborhood Legal Support

Phase 3: February - September 2019

Capacity Support and Park Master Plan

- COMBAT funding through fiscal agent, Catholic Charities of Kansas City

- Managed by Neighborhood Legal Support

Phase 4: October 2019 - current

Capacity Support and Neighborhood Metrics

- Sunderland Foundation funding

- Managed by Neighborhood Legal Support

Document Links

Plan Documents located HERE

EXISTING NEIGHBORHOOD MAPPING

Lykins Neighborhood Base Map

Lykins Neighborhood Base Map

Structure

Sidewalk

Street Surface

Parking/Driveway Surface

Miscellaneous Impervious Ground Cover

Lykins Neighborhood Zoning Map

Lykins Neighborhood Zoning Map

Commercial

Residential

Industrial

Surface Outline

Lykins Neighborhood Acquirable Properties Map

Lykins Neighborhood Acquirable Properties Map

Structure

Landbank Property

Vacant

Abandoned/Blighted/Dangerous

Abandoned/Blighted/Dangerous

- Tax Delinquent Properties

Property Owner Non-KCMO Resident

- Parcels not included in other categories

Surface Outline

EXISTING NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES TO ADDRESS

Lykins Arson 1
Lykins Dumping 1
Lykins Vacancy 1
Lykins Arson 2
Lykins Dumping 2
Lykins Vacancy 2
Lykins Arson 3

Arson

Lykins Dumping 3

Dumping

Lykins Vacancy 1

Vacancy

EXISTING NEIGHBORHOOD ASSETS TO LEVERAGE

Lykins SFH 1
Lykins MFH 1
Lykins Institutions 1
Lykins SFH 2
Lykins MFH 2
Lykins Institutions 2
Lykins SFH 3

Single Family Housing

Lykins MFH 3

Multifamily Housing

Lykins Institutions 3

Community Anchors