• St. Jude raffle home being built locally

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  • The St. Jude's Dream House Giveaway will be located in Blue Springs this year.
    The home will be in the Shores at Chapman Farms community, off Missouri 7, just north of Colbern Road. Jacquie Kasner, an event marketing representative for St. Jude's Hospital, told the Blue Springs City Council that the home is valued at $525,000 and features six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, three garages and will be more than 4,000 square feet. It is being built by Summit Custom Homes.
    The Dream House Giveaway is an annual raffle contest held by the Memphis, Tennessee-based hospital, in which people can purchase $100 raffle tickets for the chance to win the home, according to the St. Jude's website.
    "But only 7,500 tickets will be sold," Kasner told the Council. She added that all proceeds from the tickets sold go toward medical research for the hospital.
    Tickets will be available for purchase at the beginning of June. The winner of the house giveaway will be announced Oct. 12 on the KSHB 41 Action News 10 p.m. newscast, Kasner said.
    She also said there will be a chance to win two extra prizes from two Blue Springs businesses for those who purchase raffle tickets for the house giveaway. Raffle ticket buyers will have the chance to win a motorcycle, along with the home, if they purchase their tickets from Blue Springs Harley-Davidson June 11-15 at the 310 N.W. Jefferson Street location in Blue Springs. And Molle Chevrolet, 411 N.W. Mock Avenue, will also be giving away a new vehicle for those who purchase tickets at the dealership sometime in July. For exact July dates, contact Molle Chevrolet at 816-229-8800.
    A grand opening of the giveaway home will be Aug. 25. Citizens will have the opportunity to tour the home that it is currently under construction.
    The City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the St. Jude's Dream Home Giveaway.
    For more information about the contest and to reserve tickets, visit www.stjude.org.
    Blue Springs Director of Community Development Scott Allen presented an initial discussion for the city's 2014-15 Community Development Block Grant funds.
    Although no dollar amounts or specifics about projects were discussed, Allen told the Council that CDBG funds will mainly go toward park development and enhancement, as well as to the Community Services League, the city's first-time homebuyer program and the downtown facade improvement program.
    Parks eligible for CDBG funding are Central Park, home of the community garden and the historic train depot, Baumgardner Park near Centennial Pool-Plex and Gregory O. Grounds Park near Lake Remembrance.
    Council Member Chris Lievsay asked Allen about the mentioned parks having American Disability Act compatible equipment. Allen said it should be no issue and that kind of equipment should qualify for CDBG funding.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Council made no formal decision, as it was merely a discussion about project ideas.
    "There are 10 different items. More projects than funds," Allen told the Council.
    Council Member Ron Fowler added that CDBG funds should strictly go toward the public and not to any kind of business projects.
    "Three local, expanding companies" expressed interest in building at the yet-to-be-developed Missouri Innovation Park, Blue Springs Economic Development Council President Brien Starner told the Council regarding an update on the progress of the industrial and technological project.
    One of the undisclosed companies plan to build a 150,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse building at the MIP site, located on the proposed park's 250-acre site at Adams Dairy Parkway and R.D. Mize Road in Blue Springs, Starner said.
    Starner told the Council that both Blue Springs EDC and Missouri Innovation Park, Inc. had joint meetings, along with Mohr Partners, a commercial real estate service, in April to discuss the fate of the park without the University of Missouri involvement. MU, the planned anchor tenant, withdrew its participation from the project last January.
    One of the disclosed companies Starner said they are interested in building a permanent location at MIP is Xceligent, a commercial real estate company whose headquarters is located in Blue Springs.
    According to EDC documents, both MIP Inc. and the EDC made resolutions to assist the city to initiate final planning and "get the necessary approvals that prepare the Park for development in support of local and new employers."
    Lievsay, who serves as the Council's liaison to the EDC, said he "doesn't want to see (MIP) fall apart for lack of planning."
    Starner said he will attend the next Council meeting to hear the Council's plan with the undeveloped park project.
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