New decorative lights have been installed in downtown Parkville. The streetlights are a continuation of the lighting installed along Route 9 as part of the Route 9 Downtown Entryway Project. The City of Parkville, the Parkville Old Towne Market Community Improvement District (POTMCID) and the Main Street Parkville Association (MSPA) worked together to fund the new streetlights.
In 2016, downtown merchants approached the City about improving the streetlights, primarily on Main and 1st streets. Streetlights in these areas were a mismatch of decorative streetlights, globes attached to wooden poles and in some cases cobra head lights that were needed to provide the proper level of lighting. The goal for the new lighting was to provide a fresh look, match the new lights with the ornamental streetlights along Route 9, give downtown Parkville a more cohesive look and provide the proper illumination for traffic and pedestrian purposes.
Design for the new streetlight project was completed by TranSystems, who also assisted with the design of the Route 9 Downtown Entryway Project. The POTMCID provided $42,500 in funding for the project. The MSPA was a conduit for the design grant. The City provided funding for the remaining cost of the project including design, electrical work and sidewalk reconstruction. The streetlight poles were installed by Kansas City Power and Light. An annual differential cost for the decorative street lights will be paid to KCP&L by POTMCID.
During construction, the City recognized the opportunity to make other needed improvements, including repair of several sections of brick sidewalks on Main Street and 1st Street. The total cost of the entire project was $102,500. The new streetlights and sidewalk repairs were completed in August.
Mayor Johnston said, “A large project like this would not be complete without the help of our partners. We thank the downtown merchants who initiated the project, the Main Street Parkville Association and the Parkville Old Towne Market Community Improvement District.
For more information about the streetlight project, contact Public Works Director Alysen Abel at (816) 741-7676.