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Groundbreaking Held At 27th And Prospect For Morningstar Youth And Family Life Center

3 col Morningstar 3 col Morningstar 2On Sunday, Sept. 14, dozens of dignitaries gathered at the corner of 27th and Prospect to welcome the hundreds that witnessed the Groundbreaking for the Morningstar Youth and Family Life Center.
As the Morningstar Church Children’s choir lined up to take the stage in what their Reverend John Modest Miles called, “a celebration of hope”, the excitement appeared to have been building for years.
“I started working on this dream of a center that would help the children and families of our community when I was just 44,” Rev. Miles said.
“Two decades later, construction will begin on the $3.6 million center, a 13,000 square foot facility that organizers say will serve 200 a day. The new Morningstar Youth and Family Life center will provide computer labs, social services, sports programs, job training and tutoring programs, and event meeting space for neighborhood groups,” he said.
Mayor Sly James, said that the reason that everyone was there boild down to partnerships.
“Partnerships matter,” Mayor James said.

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Is The $14.4 Million Soccer Village A Good Investment Of Kansas Citians’ Tax Dollars?

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

If you have driven out 63rd Street recently you may have noticed the new traffic signal lights at the intersection of the new $14.4 million Soccer Village located in Swope Park.
After all of these years it is quite interesting that a signal light is suddenly needed in that particular location on 63rd street. Some people may wonder how they managed all of those years without one. Many people may remember going to the “circle” in Swope Park on Sunday afternoons and how difficult it was to get out of the park. Sometimes it would take hours to get out of the park.
If one were to follow cars leaving the Soccer Village one would notice the large number of Johnson county license plates coming out of the Soccer Village on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
One would also notice that the drivers will turn east on 63rd street and head up to I-435 South and leave Kansas without spending any money. No one stopped for gas or to buy groceries or anything that would have allowed Kansas City to receive a return on its tax dollars by way of purchasing items in which sales taxes could be applied.

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