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State Rep. Kevin Corlew Adds Voice of Support to Safe Routes to School Request

A June Citizen Voices column that was written by Jason Withington expressed frustration about the condition of many of the first annexed neighborhoods of Kansas City North.

Since publication, there has been growing support among Northland elected representatives, boards, and organizations for many of the improvements that Withington asked for.

The most recent voice of support is Missouri State Representative Kevin Corlew.

Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC) City Hall — 22nd Floor
414 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

Subject: Safe Routes to School for Students

To whom it may concern

Please accept this letter as my wholehearted support of the efforts of Mr. Jason Withington and other concerned citizens and organizations within the North Kansas City School District to ensure that, if the City of Kansas City passes a $1 Billion General Obligation Bond, that certain infrastructure projects in the near Northland would be funded. Without question, far too many of the first-annexed neighborhoods in northern Kansas City have been overlooked and fallen into neglect. The Go Bond would fulfill the amount needed to complete the project’s “wish list,” and would lead to dramatically modernized older neighborhoods, and safer routes for children to reach school.

This wish list of projects includes, but is not limited to: ADA ramps, completed streets, improved crosswalks, curbs, sidewalks, storm sewers, roadway construction, and the construction of Searcy Creek Parkway. The project estimate is $65 million, and as a close observer of my district, I believe that it is vital that we follow through with this plan.

For these reasons, I urge you to include the above-listed projects within the approved projects for the General Obligation Bond. These dollars will be utilized efficiently and responsibly to greatly benefit schoolchildren, and our community as a whole.


Kevin Corlew

State Representative-District 14


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