Applications are being accepted through Jan. 26 for approximately $600,000 in funds remaining through the 2019-2024 allocation of the City’s Neighborhood Works program funding.
Funded through the ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax, the Neighborhood Works program is intended to fund small-scale capital improvements within officially registered neighborhoods. The program gives residents the opportunity to identify projects they believe will offer the greatest benefit to their area including small-scale stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk and trail connections, public parking and alleyway improvements and updates to parks. Individual projects are limited to $100,000 or less and must take place on city-owned property or right-of-way.
Neighborhood representatives must attend one of two mandatory application workshops scheduled in November and December to learn more about program requirements and develop project applications.
Oct. 26, 2022 – City solicits registered neighborhoods for applications
Nov. 15 – Application Workshop #1
Dec. 8 – Application Workshop #2
Jan. 26, 2023 – APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jan. – March – City staff review applications for project eligibility and feasibility and prepare cost estimates.
Early March – Neighborhood Advisory Council evaluation and scoring period begins
April – NAC recommendations to City Manager for approval
Late spring – Projects expected to be awarded.
Status updates for 2019-2024 projects still under construction:
Hillcrest/Nichols Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility Improvements – $78,000
Various pedestrian safety and accessibility improvements in the Bissett neighborhood are now under contract with Liming Concrete with construction expected to be complete by July, 2023. The project will include radius improvements at the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and Nichols Street, ADA sidewalk replacement on Hillcrest Avenue from Nichols Street to Brower Street and a concrete landing at the bus stop along Nichols Street near L.A. Wise Park.
Improvements to Kirkwood Park – $99,000
Installation of new accessible playground equipment at Kirkwood Park (2201 E. Seminole), including concrete base and rubber surfacing, is expected to take place this winter.
Richard Napieralski Community Garden improvements – $3,810
Install a freeze-proof yard hydrant within the west end of the garden area and provide new water service is scheduled for winter of 2022.n
Stormwater and Sanford Park improvements – $47,259
Stormwater improvements including new concrete channel, manhole adjustments and other improvements expected for completion in December.
Tree planting, landscaping and fence removal – $20,000
Public Works street operations division is working to remove fencing and install trees and landscaping along City-owned property in the southeast corner of Kansas Expressway and Sunshine Street. The project is expected to be complete by July.
ADA-compliant sidewalks and ramps – $85,499
This project will rehabilitate and replace non-compliant sidewalks and curb ramps in the Rountree neighborhood in various locations along Kentwood Avenue, Fairway Avenue, Catalpa Street, Delmar Street and Weller Avenue.
The project is under contract with Liming Concrete with construction expected by July 2023.