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City Initiatives on the August 6th Ballot

A man and a woman dressed in fall clothing stand in front of a black wall with the Independence Square Association logo painted on it behind them.

The City of Independence is seeking public input at an open house on initial concepts for a redevelopment of the Independence Square.

The City is in the midst of redeveloping Independence Square, which has been the City’s commercial center since the City was founded in 1827. The goals for this project include the redevelopment and relocation of the National Frontier Trails Museum and the redevelopment of civic facilities such as City Hall, Justice Center, Community Center and amphitheater.

This redevelopment planning process is a result of recommendations from multiple planning efforts including Imagine Independence: Comprehensive Plan (2018); Downtown Streetscape Action Plan (2020); and Truman Connected Plan (2020).

During the open house on Thursday, January 25, the public can view initial concepts for Independence Square and provide direct input. There will be no formal presentation at this event – it will be a come-and-go open house. However, members of City leadership and the consultant team will be on hand to answer questions.

Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 5:30-7:30 PM

What: An open house for the public to review and comment on initial concepts for a redevelopment of the Independence Square

Who: City leadership (including City Manager Zach Walker), City staff, members of Olsson design firm, members of the Independence Chamber of Commerce

When: Thursday, January 25 at 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Independence Chamber of Commerce at 210 W. Truman Rd.

For more information, email Riley Newton at

City Manager, Community Development
Press Release