KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A $40 million sewer expansion project is expected to generate economic development and create hundreds of construction jobs in Kansas City, Mo.
The project broke ground Wednesday on a tract of undeveloped land in the Northland. It's roughly bordered on the east and west by Interstate 29 and Highway 169, and by Interstate 435 and Highway 152 north and south.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, the expansion project will create over 700 direct and indirect construction-related jobs.
City leaders believe the sewers are a seed that will take root and develop into more homes, businesses and tax-paying citizens in the Northland.
"We need to be constantly aware of and willing to take advantage of every resource that we have in the city," Mayor Sly James explained. "This is a resource; it's silly not to take advantage of it."
City Councilman Russ Johnson said the Northland's strong schools will also attract new residents.
"Great access to infrastructure, we have great jobs, we have retail opportunities and we just need to continue to do the right things needed to make sure people choose to live within our city limits rather than across the state line," Johnson said.
The sewer project should be completed by next fall.