SOAR

Stabilization, Occupation, and Revitalization

An Initiative to Improve Quality of Life for Wyandotte County Residents Through
Appearance, Communication, and Safety


SOAR is a 5-year plan to confront some of the most pervasive challenges in the appearance, communication, and safety of Wyandotte County neighborhoods. It aims to address issues like vacant and abandoned homes, property maintenance, loose dogs, poorly maintained streets, a lack of trails and sidewalks, mowing frequency, graffiti, and more. SOAR also aims to improve government services like communication with the public and resident satisfaction in areas such as perception of safety.

Learn More
Learn more about SOAR's goals, progress, history, and more through the mySidewalk dashboard.

Data and Progress
SOAR is a strategic plan based on data. See visualizations of data and follow the UG's progress toward its SOAR goals on the SOAR dashboard. You can also check out the UG's Open Data Portal.

How You Can Help
Discover how YOU can help KCK SOAR.

Invite SOAR to Speak
Invite the SOAR team to speak with your community group by contacting Assistant County Administrator Melissa Sieben at msieben@wycokck.org.
 

SOAR News & Events

  • SOAR in the News

    • March 2019 - Increase Fines for Code Violations - 41 Action News discussed the UG's latest effort to reduce blight by increasing fines for habitual violators who do not communicate with Code Enforcement. 

    • January 2019 - SOAR Fighting Blight - 41 Action News covered SOAR's progress, the UG's vacancy registry, and Propertunity Knocks with Assistant County Administrator Melissa Sieben. 

    • September 2018 - KCK Registry - 41 Action News highlighted the UG's new vacancy registry, which will help track down negligent property owners and occupy more homes.

  • 18th Street Bus Route Opens - As part of the Park Drive Neighborhood Project, the UG opened its first new bus route in over 10 years. The new 118 18th St. route started January 2nd, 2019 and is the first all-day route from Kansas City, Kansas to Johnson County. It gets passenders from Quindaro Blvd. to 51st St. in Roeland Park in under 25 minutes. The bus runs hourly, every weekday from 5:30 am to 7:30 pm. See the new bus "cutting" the ribbon at a ceremony on January 8th. 

  • Propertunity Knocks (Land Bank Rehab Program) Wins Award - The League of Kansas Municipalities awarded the Land Bank's Propertunity Knocks program their 2018 Inspire, Create, Innovate Community Award for Economic Development. The program was chosen for its innovation, public-private partnership model, and success in beautifying neighborhoods. The award was presented at the League's Annual Conference in Topeka on October 8th. Propertunity Knocks was also featured in the October 2018 issue of the Kansas Government Journal as part of the award. 

  • Commission Presentations


SOAR-Related Programs 

  • KCK Pet Help Program - The KCK Pet Help Program offers free and affordable pet services - including spay/neuter, microchips, and vaccinations. Call (913) 229-6121 or email KCKpethelp@gmail.com to schedule an appointment. View their Facebook page to learn about upcoming events and deals. 

  • KCK Police Department Crime-Fighting Initiatives - The Kansas City, KS Police Department has numerous juvenile engagement initiatives and targeted crime reduction programs to prevent crime and make the community a safer place.

  • kNOw LEAD KCK Program - Community Development and the Wyandotte County Health Department have partnered to offer lead remediation for KCK families through the Lead Hazard Control grant. Applications for assistance are available at the Community Development Office, 701 N 7th St Room 823 or the Wyandotte County Health Department at 619 Ann Ave. View this flyer to see if you qualify. For more information, call Community Development at 913-573-5100. 

  • Park Drive Neighborhood Project - The Park Drive Neighborhood project is a comprehensive place-based initiative meant to transform the Park Drive Neighborhood through strategic improvements, collaboration, and the designation of a Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA).

  • Propertunity Knocks (Land Bank Rehab Program) - The Wyandotte County Land Bank Rehab Program, or Propertunity Knocks, is the UG's way of getting tax sale eligible homes that do not sell in the Tax Sale renovated and occupied. These homes are often blighted and vacant but become beautiful and vibrant once put through Propertunity Knocks. Learn more on the mySidewalk dashboard or apply to become a certified rehabber through the Land Bank.

Upcoming Neighborhood Cleanups
The SOAR program cannot remediate blight on its own - the team needs the help of residents! Check out all of the amazing cleanups taking place this Spring to see how the community comes together to make KCK beautiful. If you're interested in volunteering, contact SOAR Coordinator Logan Masenthin at lmasenthin@wycokck.org or 913-573-5356. 

  • March 12 
    • St. Luke's Church Cleanup
  • March 16 
    • Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC) & Strawberry Hill Cleanup
  • April 6
    • Westheight Neighborhood Cleanup
  • April 13
  • April 20
    • Kansas City Boat Club on Kaw River Cleanup - Facebook Event
    • Armourdale Renewal Association Earth Day Cleanup - Facebook Event and Flyer
    • Quindaro Urban Improvement Cleanup
  • April 27
    • Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC) Earth Day Cleanup - Flyer
  • May 4
    • Welborn Watch Neighborhood Cleanup
    • North Welborn Watch Cleanup
    • Grinter Community Group Cleanup (includes tree trimming and painting projects)
  • May 11
    • Riverview Acres Crime Eliminators Cleanup
  • June 22
    • Presidential Highfields Cleanup (includes planting flowers)
  • No Specific Date Yet
    • Wyandotte Village Cleanup
    • St. Joseph's Neighborhood Watchdogs Cleanup
    • All-Argentine Cleanup





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