November 1, 2016, 6:00 pm: Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Frontier School of Excellence Gymnasium Proposal

On October 18, 2016, architects from BNIM met with the 49/63 Neighborhood Board to present Frontier School of Excellence's plans for a new gymnasium at the south end of the school building. The gymnasium is projected to add 7,752 square feet to the existing building and will be constructed on the school’s parking lot, displacing approximately twelve parking spots. The gymnasium will be intended for school use only and, per the BNIM representatives any tournaments will be in the evening. Tournament students will be bussed in. Some parents may drive to the games but not more than the parking spots they have for parking. In addition to the new gymnasium, BNIM also plans to repaint the existing school. Barbara Cugno ( is the contact architect.

Frontier School of Excellence has scheduled an open house and informative meeting on November 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the gymnasium construction proposal Address: 5605 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110.

All residents are invited to attend this meeting to learn about the school's plans and address any questions/concerns.

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 pm: Follow-up Meeting about 57th & Troost Problems

Neighbors concerned about the recent murders and other ongoing issues around the Bob's-n-Motion bar at 5709 Troost will meet at Rockhurst Community Center, 5401 Troost. We will plan next steps based on our May 2 meeting with officials of the city's Regulated Industries office, legal department, and KCPD.

Robert Ridgell, the bar's owner, agreed to a 21-day closure of the bar starting in late April. When the bar reopens, it will observe an 11:30 pm closing time and introduce a dress code in hopes of discouraging the more violence-prone elements of the bar's clientele from returning.

The May 12 meeting will focus on 
  • improving the ways neighbors observe and report incidents, 
  • the use of video and audio recordings to document problems, 
  • outreach to nearby businesses to improve their video surveillance of the area, and 
  • coordination with city, county, and state agencies in monitoring and abating problems.

City Considers Zoning-Code Language to Cover Homesharing

The City wants to know what neighborhood residents think about the homesharing economy. City staff has drafted potential changes to zoning code regulations that would allow short term stays in dwellings. 

With the advent of homesharing services like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO, the City is receiving complaints of homeowners listing their entire dwelling for short term stay. City staff has prepared the draft in an effort to recognize the growth of the homesharing economy while also addressing neighborhood safety and quality of life concerns. The draft ordinance would set requirements for obtaining a special use permit with specific conditions. We want your feedback, which we will compile and use to revise the draft for City Council consideration this spring.

Author Tanner Colby to Speak at Rockhurst University April 18, 2016

Tanner Colby, author of Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, will speak at Rockhurst University on Monday, April 18. His 7:00 pm event at Rockhurst's Arrupe Hall Auditorium will consist of a dialogue with longtime Kansas City Star columnist Lewis Diuguid.

Mr. Colby's book focuses on the social history of the past 60 years of African-American integration into predominantly white American society. An extended section on the history of housing integration uses the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition as its case study of what happened when a neighborhood group stood up to the thoroughly racist practices of the real estate and mortgage industry of the late 1960's. Several founding members of the 49/63 Coalition were interviewed, as well as some still-active 49/63 residents.

For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit this page on Rockhurst University's website.