Street Work Along Wornall–Never Ending!

Last November I wrote a blog post about lane closures along Wornall, south of 75th St, due to gas lines being replaced.

Surprise!  Still happening this year!

I spoke with Mario Vasquez from the KCMO Public Works department recently–he explained that Spire Energy is still working on installing a new gas main line along Wornall.  The work will continue for the next few weeks as the company is also doing the roadway patching after the new line is in place.  

In addition to this work, there was a water main break recently at 7814 Wornall so the water department had to repair the leak and patch up the holes.  That break added to the street closures.

There is so much going on along the stretch of Wornall from 75th to 85th Streets that KCMO has created a new page on their website to keep the public updated:

www.kcmo.gov/wornall

Expect lane closures for the next several weeks and…just plan on taking an alternate route if possible to save yourself some traffic hassles!

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Wornall and 85th Shopping Area Slated for Renovation

Today’s blog will tell you about the planned renovation changes for the northwest corner of 85th and Wornall in Waldo—where the Price Chopper is located.  This shopping area (“Wornall Village Shopping Center”) has been looking a bit shabby and run down over the years, and I’m excited share the news about the renovation!

price chapper

truck entranceThe Tutera Group, along with Nolte and Associates are planning to refresh this strip mall and hope to make it more pedestrian friendly.  The biggest change sounds like it will be the remodeled Price Chopper store—a total inside renovation, plus moving the truck delivery area to the northwest corner of the building.  The entire front of the building will have new lettering, colors, masonry and framing.  New sidewalks will be installed along Wornall and W 84th St.   The Tutera Group wants to attract more retail businesses and ‘a better tenant mix’ for this area…hopefully some locally owned shops and restaurants.

strip mall

 

Now that the plans are drawn up, the next step is working with KCMO on the permit process and other details; if all runs according to plan, work will start in the fall of this year and be completed in Spring 2019.  According to the developers, this project is a ten million dollar investment for Waldo—and will definitely make this corner more attractive to residents and shoppers.  Price Chopper plans to remain open during the renovation.

Waldo Home Sales Report-Nov 2017

Like it’s neighbor Brookside, Waldo homes continue to increase in value as the year comes to a close.  Homes are not staying on the market very long, and sellers are getting very close to asking price.  Here are the November 2017 single family home sales stats for Waldo, using the street boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

November 2017

Median list price:      $179,900

Median sales price:   $177,000

No. of homes sold:        33

Days on market:            6

The lowest sales price was $61,000 and the highest was $409,900.

November 2016

Median list price:     $175,000

Median sales price:  $172,000

No. of homes sold:      29

Days on market:        15

Here are the year-to-date figures:

Jan-Nov 2017

Median list price:     $179,900

Median sales price:  $180,000

No. of homes sold:      380

Days on  market:        12

Jan-Nov 2016

Median list price:         $164,975

Median sales price:     $165,000

No. of homes sold:          398

Days on market:             23

As you can see from these numbers, Waldo has been a hot neighborhood for buyers the past two years. Prices are up 9% over last year.  Currently there are 22 active listings, with a median list price of $180,000 and 35 days on market.

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Road Construction Along Wornall in Waldo

Wornall Road is one of the most traveled street in the Brookside/Waldo area.  I avoid driving on Wornall south of Gregory through 85th St–the road is very narrow and usually always congested.

Wornall one

You’ve probably noticed that Wornall is now down to two lanes, roughly  between 79th and 83rd Terrace with some sort of construction going on.

I called KCMO to find out what was going on.  The City has contracted with Infra Source to replace the gas lines.  Expect this area of Wornall to have  just two lanes for at least the next thirty days while the company completes it’s work.

Alternate routes include Main St, Ward Parkway, Oak and State Line.  

If you must drive along Wornall during the construction, please be considerate of the road workers, other drivers and allow for extra time.  It is an inconvenience but not worth a case of road rage!

Waldo Fall Festival This Saturday 9/16

waldo fall festival

You don’t have to live in Waldo to enjoy the Waldo Fall Festival…now in it’s 25th year!  

The big event is this Saturday, Sept 16 2017 in the parking lot at the southeast corner of 75th and Wornall.  This is a family friendly event, with rides, music, food trucks, games, a petting zoo and many local vendors displaying their services and products.  Hours are 10am-5pm.

The intersection of 75th and Wornall is always a challenge–so please remember if you plan to attend–use the bus, walk or bike over.  If you drive, plan to park a few blocks away on one of the less busy side streets.  And please be extra aware of extra heavy foot and vehicle traffic in the area.

In addition, St Elizabeth’s is hosting their annual barbecue contest Friday through Sunday at 75th and Main–that intersection will be blocked off to traffic as well.

Thank you for supporting Wonderful Waldo!

 

Waldo Event Saturday “Explore Gregory”

explore-gregory

Join your neighbors and friends this Saturday 8/19/17 to “Explore Gregory” — a self guided walking tour of this shopping area in Waldo.

From 10am-4pm, the businesses along Gregory from Oak  to Main streets welcome all visitors and shoppers for the day.  You can stop in places you’ve never been to before, as well as visit stores and services you frequently use.  Start the day at McLain’s Bakery with breakfast and stroll over to Eclectics, Sheehan’s Irish Imports, the new Nut Cup, then walk west to Studio 63 and lunch at Bier Station or Governor Stumpy’s.  Those are  just a few of the businesses that are participating. 

During Explore Gregory, JFS will be collecting canned goods for their food pantry–donation drums will be available.  There will also be  food, giveaways and demonstrations–the usual Waldo family friendly event! As a special treat, Jim Cosgrove will perform at 11am at Trokey’s parking lot.

Thank you for supporting locally owned Brookside/Waldo businesses!

New Shop in Waldo: Hawthorne and Ivy

hawthorne front

There’s a new boutique shop in Waldo–tucked away in a former gas station  from the 1920s!  Hawthorne and Ivy opened a couple of weeks ago at 7142 Wornall, just south of Betty Rae’s and next to Michael Avery’s hair salon.

You may be familiar with Hawthorne and Ivy’s shop in Weston.  This is shop #3 for owner Elinor Hagan Lowe.  She started out designing custom ‘mother’s bracelets’ , following in her mother’s footsteps.  Elinor runs Paco Designs in Lenexa, then came the Weston store, and now the Waldo spot. 

Hawthorne and Ivy

Unique Jewelry Hanger–also comes with wine corks

Step inside and you will find all the items attractively displayed on the walls and tables–it’s an easy store to browse!  There is lots of jewelry, including the mother’s bracelets, and so much more:  Royals gear, candles and soaps, clothing and accessories plus some baby items and wall art.  The thing that caught my eye was this handmade necklace hanger:  a piece of wood with champagne (or wine) corks attached to hang the jewelry.  You could also stick  earrings in the cork as well.  This shop also takes old wood from barns and doors, then repurposes it to customized wall hangings.  You can order with the phrase or name of your choice, or purchase one with the lettering in place.  This would make a thoughtful housewarming gift!  The shop also carries special religious jewelry for first communions or baptisms–and don’t miss the special 50% off room in the back of the store!  If you are interesting in making your own jewelry, Hawthorne and Ivy hosts craft classes around themes like Valentine’s Day or Christmas.

hawthorne inside

 

Shopping at locally owned stores and shops is what makes living in Brookside and Waldo so special.  You will find items that just aren’t available at a national retailer.  Stop by and welcome Hawthorne and Ivy to Waldo!  Hours are still being established; generally noon-6pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Convenient  parking in front of the store (or on 72cd St) at 7142 Wornall, between Michael Avery’s and Betty Rae’s. Find them online at www.facebook.com/hawthorneandivywaldo.