New development planned for Northland

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The New Year is bringing new businesses to Liberty's nook of the Northland.
    
Construction just off of Highway 152 includes Sam's Club , which is expected to open by Spring. Cheddar's restaurant is already up and hiring.

"We feel like we are poised for more growth," Rick McDowell said, Executive Director of Liberty Economic Development Corporation .

It's McDowell's job to market the area to attract even more businesses.

In the last couple months, several road improvement projects on 152 and 291 were completed which McDowell believes will benefit potential businesses.

The Flintlock Flyover connecting Liberty to Kansas City over I-35 is also now open giving a new route for school buses so they can avoid traffic on 152.

"That was a problem. It was causing them to change their school schedules some so now with the flyover they are utilizing that and bypassing all that traffic," McDowell said.

McDowell knows adding hotels would also be an incentive for potential manufacturers.

"We think this is the right market for it," he said.

Before that happens, the Liberty Economic Development organization plans to go back before lawmakers to get special legislation for a bed tax in the city.

"Kansas City has it, Gladstone has it, other communities have it, but we do not. We feel like it's a potential revenue source for us that we're missing," McDowell said.

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