The Pocket Park at the west end of Main Street in Platte City is being transformed into a new historically themed park, complete with walking trails, a gazebo and picnic areas, city officials say. The 3.7 acre park will be called “Settlers Crossing” and is located in the river bottoms and bluffs, significant for its ties to the Platte Purchase and Oregon Trail.
Proposed formation of a community improvement district (CID) for a Price Chopper grocery store targeted for Platte City drew some opposition from the audience at a meeting of the Platte City Board of Aldermen Tuesday night. Formation of the district is requested by the Associated Wholesale Grocers. A special sales tax of 5/8 cent would be imposed on all sales at the grocery store and other retail outlets within the CID to pay for parking lot and driveway improvements within the new development. Also, a portion of the tax would be used for public improvements, with funding going to extending Kentucky Avenue west to N Hwy. “The city is siding with and conspiring with my competitor. If this store buries me, the consumer will dearly pay if I’m gone,” said Mike Rowland, owner of the Cash Saver store in Platte City.
Da Capo teas and eatery was announced as the 2006 New Business of the Year recipient at the Platte City Chamber of Commerce and EDC’s Annual Awards Banquet.