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by Lisa Minardi

Your Vote Counts City Council Elections

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The Mayor and City Council make up a 13-member non-partisan legislative body that governs our City. There are 6 Council Districts, each having 2 Council representatives — one being elected in-district and the other at-large. In-District means they live in the district and are elected by the voters of that district. At-large refers to candidates that live in the district and but are elected by a city-wide vote. In a nutshell, we elect the Mayor, a 4th District Councilmember and all 6 At-Large Councilmembers (8 of the 13 members).

Coleman Highlands is located in the 4th City Council District of Kansas City Missouri. Our current Council members are Jim Glover and Jan Marcason. Councilwoman Marcason is term-limited and will be unable to run again this election. Jolie Justus and John Fierro are running to fill her spot. Councilman Glover is running for re-election to the 4th District At-Large position and his opponents are Jared Campbell, Bryan Stalder, and Katheryn Shields.

In order to learn more information about the candidates running for office, there are many upcoming forums. A few are detailed off to the right, but there will be more. They are generally advertised and many times Scott Burnett will send info through the Google group e-mail. The Primary election will be April 7th and the General Election on June 23rd. The new Mayor and Council will take office August 1st. Not registered to vote? Go to for info on locations and/or a mail-in registration form.

Mayoral Forum

March 24th, 6:30-8:300 pm

All Souls Church, 4501 Walnut

Sponsored by League of Women Voters

Forum for 4th District Candidates

March 31st, 7-8:30 pm,

The Writer’s Place, 3607 Pennsylvania

Sponsored by the Midtown KC Post and the midtown neighborhoods.


Coleman Crest Development

by Ryan Long

Dave Melzer, Project Manager with Dean Realty, spoke at the February meeting of the Coleman Highlands Board to present plans for four new homes on the property west of Holly Street at 32nd Street. Joining Dave were Lonnie Wyzard, Project Supervisor with Dean Realty and Clint Evans, Co-President with NSPJ Architects.

Dean Realty's Proposed Coleman Crest DevelopmentPresentation Summary:

The property will be reconfigured into four lots. Dean Realty will construct utilities and street improvements and then offer the lots for sale. Buyers will select their own contractor and build their own home. To control quality of design and construction, by contract, Dean Realty will require new home designs to be complimentary with the Coleman Highlands neighborhood in terms of such things as building materials, heights, footprints and setbacks. A buyer will not be allowed to purchase and combine multiple lots to build one inappropriately large home.

According to city maps, the west boundary of both the Coleman Highlands Neighborhood Association and Coleman Highlands Historic District is Holly Street. This land, on the west side of Holly Street, is outside those boundaries. It is zoned M1-5, a manufacturing district that does permit single-family residential with a special use permit. However, M1-5 allows uses that are incompatible with a neighborhood of single-family residences, so Dean is working with the City to rezone to a residential classification appropriate to Coleman Highlands.

Dean Realty commissioned NSPJ Architects to develop a master plan layout for the whole property and pre-liminary designs for unique homes on each of the four lots. Except for the furthest north home, each is two-stories, about 2,400 square feet, with front and side yard sizes similar to those seen in Coleman Highlands. Ultimately, each buyer may bring his or her own architect to create a new design from scratch, or choose to build an NSPJ-designed home.

Beginning in May, Holly Street improvements are designed to provide access to each home without having to extend Holly to the south or north, minimizing impact. The turnaround shown provides the required fire department equipment access and the driveway connection to the home at the south end.

Q&A Following the Presentation:

Q: Have immediate neighbors been informed of the development?

A: We have met personally with the immediate neighbors.

Q: We’ve heard rumors these are to be upscale properties; what are the price points?

A: We want these properties to be consistent with the uniqueness of Coleman Highlands, and want to create a special place, one that takes advantage of views of the City, as well as the natural woods and slopes. The lot pric-es will be influenced both by our cost to construct the utility and street improvements, and the market. And in today’s market, new construction is expensive. We have seen new construction in similar neighborhoods of homes this size with high-end design and finishes cost $300,000–500,000, after the owner may have paid $100,000 or more to buy an existing property and tear down the house. These are like the homes we’re proposing, built by people that want to fit into an urban neighborhood but prefer new construction or contemporary design.

Q: How can we be sure this won’t be a repeat of the house with the blue roof?

A: Dean Realty is under the new leadership of Lester Dean (Jr.) following the death of Lester Dean, Sr.; Dean Realty and Lester Dean want to be good neighbors and part of the community. We have demonstrated this commitment by first selling the neglected home we owned to someone we knew was capable of properly restoring it, and we are leading the effort of make street and sidewalk improvements to 31st Street. And with the passing of Lester Dean, Sr., the circumstances that led to the house with the blue roof no longer apply, so that house will not be repeated.


Coleman Highlands Real Estate – Spring 2015

by Cathie Chesen

Coleman Highlands Real Estate

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There are many exciting real estate trends occurring right now. 2015 has been ear-marked as potentially being the best year in real estate since the market crashed. The Millennials have entered the home market and make up approximately 50% of buyers. They have high-paying jobs and they want homes in the city where they can be close to work, bike lanes, bus routes, shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Value and affordable homes are what is appealing to them. The large suburban homes are not as important to them anymore.

The inventory is expected to rise in this spring market, which means increased sales. As of the end of February, the median sales price of existing homes rose 9%. And Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Chair, has not made plans to raise the interest rates for the first time since 2006. Of course, expect some fluctuation in mortgage rates, but not significantly. We are finding that with the great rates and buyers wanting to buy, that for the first time in over a year, we have a shortage of good quality homes for sale. One buyer in particular, when they saw that a house had been on the market for 7 days, wanted to know what was wrong with it! Times are changing rapidly!

As we are preparing our homes for this spring and freshening up our yards, there are many activities in Kansas City to assist you with ideas. The Spring Parade of Homes is scheduled for April 26th through May 11th. There will be 377 homes to view in the 8 county area. Also, plan to attend the 46th Symphony Show House between May 9th and June 7th. Many well-known designers will provide decorating and renovation tips in a Historic home at 96 Janssen Pl. in Central Hyde Park.

One last note: Many of our neighbors are still paying real estate taxes in excess of their home’s current value in our neighborhood. I try to assist our neighbors in determining the actual value so they will be able to speak with the tax assessor’s office to have the taxes modified. Please contact me if you need assistance with having your assessment readjusted.

(Data provided by the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors and the Inman News.)


Karnes Playground Construction Begins

by Rachel Porter

Natural Playground

This is only an example of a Natural Playground environment and is not intended as a depiction of the actual Karnes playground proposed for Roanoke Park.

The removal of the existing equipment at Karnes playground represents the first step in constructing a new natural playground on this site. This begins to bring to life the type of playground the community identified in last year’s meetings.

Phase 1 of the park (beginning this spring) includes a 12-foot high, circular land-form with hill slides. This hill is located east of a new pathway connecting the existing walks along Karnes and Madison. New swings for toddlers will be located north of the hill and new swings for children are located to the south. An area for seating is also planned in this first phase.

Currently being designed, Phase 2 of the park is scheduled to be completed by the end of this fall and includes a toddler play area with musical instruments, a smaller 4-6 feet high hill with slides, and additional play equipment still being selected. For the older children, a taller net climbing structure and a zip line are planned. Budget permitting, a water feature and additional elements would be provided that educate people about the natural features in the park like the springs, caves, and rock outcroppings. In this sense Karnes playground will serve as a “Field Guide” for greater Roanoke park.

Once drawings are finalized later this spring, they will be shared with the community. As always, feel free to email us with any questions you might have at .


4th of July Parade 2014

All Coleman Highlands Residents are invited to our Annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic

Parade begins at 10:30 at 32nd Street and Coleman Road. We’ll head south on Coleman Rd and loop around the horseshoe.

Dress in your finest 4th of July frockery, with prizes going to:

  • Best Vehicle
  • Best decorated boy
  • Best decorated girl
  • Best decorated pet

The picnic begins right after the parade at 33rd Terrace and Coleman Rd.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, lemonade and water will be provided.

Bring a side dish, fruit or vegetables or sweets. The Dean family will provide the ice cream truck. Inflatables will be there —one for older kids and one for smaller children.

Parents please supervise your children for their safety!

If you would like to volunteer for set-up, please arrive at 33rd Terrace and Coleman Rd at 9:30. Anyone in close proximity—please bring a trash barrel and trash bags to picnic location.

If you have a new neighbor, please invite them! For additional questions, please contact Gina Rizzo.