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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 6, 2008

Construction projects begin in historic 18th & Vine District

Construction kicked off this week on new space for entertainment, relaxation and retail in the jazz district.

Crews began moving dirt Monday on a new terrace at the corner of 18th Street and The Paseo. Next week, the renovation of two retail buildings will begin one block away at the corner of 18th and Vine streets. Both projects are being managed by the Capital Improvements Management Office.

The terrace at 18th Street and The Paseo will be an open patio area with seating, landscaped areas, walkways and space for performances. This $615,000 project will link the jazz district to other attractions in the area, like the Gregg Community Center, 1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way; the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 E. 18th St.; and eventually the Black Archives, which will be built at 2033 Vine St.

The $1.3 million retail renovation project will be completed in coordination with the Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation. It will provide up to 13,000 square feet of leasable commercial space, and include the completion of concrete floor slabs, the installation of acoustical ceilings, general lighting, restrooms, heating and cooling systems and electrical services. The improvements will make the space available for future businesses.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Deanna Nelson, communications specialist in the Capital Improvements Management Office, (816) 513-2757.

    
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