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4th of July Parade & Picnic Details!

We’ll start gathering for the parade at 10:30AM at the North end of Coleman Road.  Come decked out in your best red, white & blues and march, ride, run, trot, or crawl through the neighborhood celebrating the 241st birthday of our nation!

The neighborhood is supplying grilled goodies, water & lemonade, so please bring a side or a dessert.  There will be inflatables for the kids and we should have a visit from the ever-ready, ever-friendly KC firefighters.

Join the parade or grab a comfy spot as a spectator on the parade route and join the festivities on 33rd Terrace when the parade ends.

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4th of July Parade & Party

Happy 4th of July!  Our traditional neighborhood parade will start at 10:30AM at 32nd and Coleman Rd.  The Parade will travel down Coleman, around the horseshoe and end with the picnic at 11AM on the West end of 33rd Terrace.
There will be inflatables for the kids and prizes for the most patriotically decorated!!! The Neighborhood Association will be supplying burgers and hot dogs and neighbors should bring a side and something to drink.
Come join the parade or be a spectator and cheer others on! Looking forward to seeing neighbors and celebrating the 4th!
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2016 Calendar of Events

The 2016 Calendar of Events and responsible parties have been set.

    • Dumpster Days 5/7 & 10/22 [Gina Rizzo]
    • Garage Sale 5/14 [Anna Diven]
    • July 4th picnic – on a Monday [Gina Rizzo]
    • Annual picnic 9/17 [Nicki Salido] MOVED TO 9/24
    • Annual Meeting target October [Ryan Lee]
    • Luminaries 12/24 [George Baggett to train a replacement this year]
    • Movies in the Park – will decide as construction clears (at April or May board meeting)

The Coleman Highlands Neighborhood Association Board meets the third Wednesday of every month except August and December.  Meetings ate at 6:30PM at the Westport-Roanoke Community Center.  It is open for neighbors to attend.

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Coleman Highlands: A Historic District

ColemanHouse2

by Brian McMillan

As many of you are aware, the Coleman Highlands subdivision is classified as a Historic District. This classification was obtained by the neighborhood in 1996. The purpose of a Historic District classification is to preserve the visual, architectural and structural integrity of our neighborhood. The reason Coleman Highlands has the ambiance that we all find so appealing is due to its architectural imagery. To preserve and protect this imagery there are guidelines and limitations as to what types construction is allowed, be it new construction or renovation and repair, in a Historic District.

The governing body is the KCMO Historic Preservation Office and Commission. Brad Wolf is the director and go-to guy if you have questions (816) 513-2902. The basic guidelines are any “exterior changes” that would be considered “material changes” need to be approved by the Landmarks Commission. These material changes would be modifications beyond “in kind repair.” In other words repairing or replacing something which has rotted or deteriorated is not subject for review. Whereas material changes or architectural additions/expansions that would alter the original integrity or visual character of the structure, would be subject for review. At issue will be what is visible from the street.

Depending on the scope and scale of the modification, reviews can often be handled either on the phone with digital photographs or over the counter. Of common concern are paint schemes/colors and window replacements. More substantial modifications and new construction will require obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Landmarks Commission. Obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness involves filing an application with supporting documentation. Brad Wolf will consult with the applicant, review the application and write a staff report which will be submitted to the Landmarks Commission for a formal hearing resulting in approval or denial. These hearings are open to the public and neighborhood input is welcome.

Personally, I built a new home in Coleman Highlands in 2005 and while the process was rigorous, it was fair and feasible. There are Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation which you will find on KCMO Historic Preservation webpage (http://kcmo.gov/planning/services/historic-preservation). The key with new construction is to be sympathetic to the surrounding property’s historic character. They’re not asking for, and typically disallow, designs intended to appear as though they were built in the 1920’s. What they are asking for is that the character, size, scale, bulk and architectural massing be in keeping with the surrounding structures.

The Coleman Highlands neighborhood was platted by Robert Coleman in August of 1907. The location was ideal for a new suburb—atop a bluff, with fresh air and cool breezes, and located near streetcar connections to downtown, the west bottoms and Westport. The original plat divided the Coleman farm into 293 lots. Most houses were built between 1908 and World War I and a second wave of construction occurred between World War I and World War II. These homes were built in a variety of styles that included Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Prairie, Bungalow and Kansas City Shirtwaist. During the early 1950s, a third wave of construction occurred in the neighborhood, primarily of Ranch houses in an area just north of West Coleman Road and 33rd Street, where a ravine was filled in and leveled during 1945.

For more information on what it means for Coleman Highlands to be a historic district, reach out to a board member, or visit http://kcmo.gov/planning/services/historic-preservation/

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St. Luke’s Hospice Project

Winter view of hillside facing Roanoke Park and Karnes Blvd.

Earlier this winter, Board Member Brian McMillan contacted St. Luke’s administrator in charge of the hospice project just south of 35th on Southwest Trfy, Carol Quiring, to get a better understanding of their plans for the landscaping on the west hillside facing Roanoke Park. According to Quiring and the hospice project manager:

“We attempted to save as much of the native trees and vegetation as possible on the property. The detention basin and surrounding area will be re-seeded with native seed to blend with the existing natural environment and utilize water-efficient landscaping complying with our obligations of LEED. The seeding will continue up the hillside on the northwest side of the house. Along the base of the dam for the detention basin there will be oak trees planted along Karnes Blvd. The north hillside will have a combination of pines and river birch trees planted along the north border. Smaller plantings and trees will also be planted around the north and west sides of the house to enhance the view and experience year-round. The natural looking stone wall was intended to compliment the exposed rock outcroppings already present on the site and add a natural look to the retaining wall that was needed to allow this site to be developed.
 
“The site is challenging at best … The City has been presented with the details of our landscaping from all views. We’ve made considerable financial commitment to support the Sycamore tree and hope it will continue to thrive along with the multiple new plantings that will be placed on the site. We are equally interested in the view from our home for our patients and families.
 
“I think spring may be just around the corner. It will be a great time to see the new growth on all sides of our lot.”

The construction area has caused some neighbors to worry about the impact on the area’s overall aesthetic as well as to the flora and fauna. Many neighbors were very upset at the loss of some old growth trees and were quite shocked to see the barren hillside. Even with the promise of new plantings, trees and shrubs do not mature overnight, so it may be several years before the hillside blends more naturally into the rest of the park.

Although Brian visited the City Planning office and could not find plans that directly reflected the landscaping described in the email from Quiring, we hope that our shared interest in the appearance of the hillside eventually results in a landscape we can all enjoy. After years of neglect and vacancy, it is great to see the property being put to good use, even if the construction process hasn’t gone quite as neighbors had hoped. We will continue to follow this project and do our best to keep neighbors informed. You can follow construction updates directly from St. Luke’s here.

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