Grain Valley continues to grow, with new developments underway and more on the horizon, city officials say.
“Grain Valley is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Its population has more than doubled in the last decade,” Mayor Mike Todd said in his state-of-the-city address on Tuesday.
The city, which straddles Interstate 70, is trying to take advantage of its position as a gateway to the metro area. In particular, the area at I-70 and Main Street is seeing some development.
The Price Chopper under construction at the northeast corner, near the theater, should be open late this year or in early 2018. Also, a spec building with room for several businesses is going up nearby.
A developer has purchased the northwest corner of I-70 and Main Street.
“He’s in the process of putting together a plan for that,” said Ken Murphy, assistant city administrator.
The city has completed property acquisition at Sni-a-Bar Farms and has about 50 acres.
More than a century ago, William Rockhill Nelson, founder of The Kansas City Star, set up Sni-a-Bar Farms as a place to improve cattle breeding. In 1926 Jackson County described it as “the world’s greatest Shorthorn demonstration farm.”
The city one day plans to move City Hall and the Police Department there, freeing up key space on Main Street for commercial development. The Mid-Continent Public Library has said it would like to have a permanent location there.
Officials have met with architectural firms to see what parts of Nelson’s 4,000-square-foot house can be saved. Then they can move to the next step.
“So hopefully by the end of the year we can get that visioning process going,” Murphy said.