Yé touts litany of positive development at Westwood Business Luncheon

Westwood Mayor John Yé cited construction in the city as an example of successful infill development.
Westwood Mayor John Yé cited construction in the city as an example of successful infill development.

Mayor John Yé on Tuesday pointed to a long and broad list of accomplishments as signs of forward momentum in the city of Westwood at its annual Business Luncheon.

Before a crowd of business and community leaders from across northeast Johnson County gathered in the Mission Hills Country Club Dining Room, Yé ticked off a litany of positive indicators of reinvestment and progress.

Among them:

  • The first phase of the Woodside Village development at 47th Street and Rainbow Blvd. has gone vertical, with the first 90 of 330 scheduled new apartments well under way.
  • The Midwest Transplant Network, Westwood’s second-largest employer, just completed a $12 million renovation of its building.
  • The Walmart Neighborhood Market has tripled revenues from the aging Apple Market it replaced in 2013. “It’s been refurbished and is serving multiple communities in our area,” Yé said.
  • New development is under consideration for the Entercom property at 50th Street and Belinder — development that could bring a fundamental change to the city’s landscape. “That could bring a 70 plus year change to Westwood, bringing down the towers that were erected before we were even incorporated as a municipality,” Yé said.
  • The city is currently working with the Urban Land Institute on a study of the best use for the park and church property at 51st Street and Rainbow.
  • In 2015, the city has budgeted 1.5 times as much revenue from sales taxes than it had between 2009-2012, a sign of growing business in the city.

“Confidence has never been higher in the city of Westwood,” Yé told the crowd. It has never been higher about walkable urban infill in the areas of northeast Johnson County. I’m very honored and privledged to be the mayor of Westwood.”

The luncheon also included presentations from Mariner Holdings CEO Marty Bicknell and Armada Executive Intelligence Managing Director Chris Kuehl.