Kansas City leaders are calling for $27.6 million in public funds to help complete revitalizations to the 18th and Vine jazz district.
The Kansas City Star reports that City Manager Troy Schulte and a councilman who represents the district made the case to the City Council on Thursday for the public spending. They said the money could help leverage $12 million in private dollars.
Before falling into disrepair, the area east of downtown became world famous for the hard-swinging, bluesy jazz style played in its club. Struggles remain despite more than two decades of work. Completed projects include the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball museum.
Schulte urged the city to "do it right and declare victory once and for all at 18th and Vine."