Recently, the Helix staff took a break from the office for the afternoon and traveled to the east side of Kansas City. While typically the primary purpose for an annual meeting is to update staff on the status of the company, this outing was so much more.
After a delicious southern style lunch at Papa Lew’s, the staff viewed 3 project sites. The first was the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bio-sciences Campus which is working with Helix to develop a new master plan for the future direction of the school. The second, Highland Place Apartments offer a refresh to housing options in a neighborhood that has seen neglect in the past. Finally, Helix viewed the future site of the East Police Patrol Campus. The project will consist of a state-of-the-art Crime Lab, and will be situated 27th & Prospect, the heart of a neighborhood with one of the highest crime rates in the nation.
After this introduction to the area, the Helix staff settled in at the historic Mutual Musicians Foundation where Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Police Commissioner Alvin Brooks spoke about the history of the East Side and the 27th & Prospect neighborhood.
Following a brief update on the status of Helix itself, staffers were able to enjoy the Piano styling of Kansas City Jazz Legend Luqman Hamza, who, at 80 years old, also shared a few of his experiences and thoughts about the East Side.
From there, the staff ventured to 18th and vine to experience the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum, and finish the day with a drink at the at the 9th Inning Sports Bar. Overall, the annual summer meeting offered the staff a glimpse into an often overlooked cultural center.
Thank you to Jason Parson of Parson & Associates (Grandson of the great Jay McShann) for organizing such an amazing and enlightening afternoon. Helix is thrilled to be a part of a community with such a rich history and promising future.
Videographer: Ernes Echols
Photographer: Lynn Hinkle