KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Royale Inn at Independence Boulevard and The Paseo could soon be a thing of the past if City Councilman Scott Wagner’s ordinance passes the full council.
Filed on Jan. 14, the ordinance authorizes the city to allocate $2.7 million for the acquisition and eventual demolition of the aging motel located at 600 Paseo Boulevard. One idea to replace the motel — an area where most Northeast residents feel is a maven for drugs, prostitution and other illicit activity — would be adding green space. The acquisition of the motel property is a strategic point in the Paseo Gateway Plan that is set to revitalize the Paseo Boulevard from the I-35 exit ramp all the way down to Truman Road, creating a true gateway to Kansas City’s urban core. Bobbi Baker Hughes, Director of the Independence Avenue CID, is excited about the progress.
The council will vote on the ordinance at its Jan. 28, meeting. The news was revealed at a recent Northeast Alliance Together [NEAT] meeting by J.C. Alonzo, of Shockey Consulting Services, who was giving the organization an update on the Paseo Gateway Project. Alonzo said it’s important to open the gateway for a better connection to the city because there are residents in the metro area who don’t travel outside their neighborhood.
The ordinance advances an option originally signed last March by Brinshore Development LLC., to acquire the property from the current owner, DevRam LLC.