Grain Valley officials see a wave of redevelopment coming to the interchange of Interstate 70 and Main Street after the groundbreaking Monday for a retail center to be anchored by an eight-screen theater.

Grain Valley officials see a wave of redevelopment coming to the interchange of Interstate 70 and Main Street after the groundbreaking Monday for a retail center to be anchored by an eight-screen theater.


“This is a vision of what is to come for Grain Valley,” City Administrator Alexa Barton said.


Construction is to begin soon at the northeast corner of the intersection, where a gas station and grocery store once stood. It’s next to the America’s Best Value Inn. The theater – 3D capable and with leather seats – opens this fall.


“We have some exciting things planned,” said the developer, Paul Larino.


The city has a tax-increment financing plan for all four corners of the interchange, and officials look for stores and restaurants to step in as the Missouri Department of Transportation rebuilds the interchange. That includes widening Main Street (also called Buckner-Tarsney Road) under the interstate and moving U.S. 40 slightly to the south – about where State Bank is – to ease congestion where 40, I-70 and Main Street all meet. MoDOT is expected to put out bids for that soon, and the project will take about 18 months.


With the MoDOT work coming and a TIF district in place, Barton said the city hopes to see quick progress on other businesses locating in Grain Valley.


“The whole community should be excited about what’s to come,” said Mayor Mike Todd.