Prospect Avenue Nodal Study

2018-19 | KCDC visioning study

prospect avenue nodal study

Prospect Avenue is a significant and defining element of Kansas City’s urban structure. The ongoing transit-oriented development initiatives (generated by the City and the planning community), growing investment in public transportation, and community interest in quality of life improvements make Prospect Ave. one of the more dynamically changing parts of Kansas City. With all the potential and anticipated change, there is an escalating need for a comprehensive urban design perspective that looks at the entire length of Prospect Ave. (from Independence Ave. on the North to the 75th St. on the South) and attempts to create an integrated vision for the area.

To that end, the KCDC is collaborating with the City of Kansas City, MO Planning Department to generate a visioning study for the Prospect Corridor. The study will focus on defining potential urban nodes along Prospect Ave, setting design strategies and investigations for their development that utilize catalytic elements which will encourage urban change and improvement. This process will take place in three phases over the 2018/19 academic year:

  1. Verification of an operational urban design concept for Prospect Ave

  2. A strategic segmented study and urban visioning design

  3. Focused urban design nodal studies

In developing the project, the KCDC urban design studio will be interacting and collaborating with the project stakeholders and community members through project reviews, design charrettes, and public presentations seeking and incorporating their input. Additionally, the KCDC will take into consideration all related City planning documents and ongoing initiatives, as well as draw on related KCDC projects such as the recently completed 2017-2018 Neighborhood Prospects: Sustainable Communities by Design study, the 2016-17 Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Urban Vision Study and 2012-2013 Reintegrating Independence Avenue Urban Vision study.