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Southeast Kansas City Residents Hopeful About Soccer Stadium


Kansas City, MO – Many residents in the Hickman Mills School District hope a new development project where Bannister Mall used to be will help improve the area. Demolition began recently to make way for an 18,000-seat soccer stadium. It's called the Trails Project, and also includes 12 soccer fields, and office and retail space, all slated to open in 2011. Now the new development won't bring revenue to the school district for a long time, since it's received 230 million dollars in tax breaks to help develop infrastructure in the area. But many residents have a lot of hope for the area. KCUR's Susan B. Wilson talked to some people at businesses and stores along Blue Ridge Boulevard about their opinions.

But getting a development project off the ground in tough economic times is a challenge - lack of funds temporarily brought the demolition to a halt. The developers are still looking for financing, and going back to the city for more help. Sixth district Councilman John Sharp represents the area and is advocating for the project.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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