Today, Mayor Sly James and the City Council formally dedicated the future site of the streetcar’s vehicle maintenance facility at 3rd Street and Holmes Street to E. Crichton “Kite” Singleton, a longtime transit advocate and urban development expert. Singleton has architecture degrees from Princeton University and Washington University and has enjoyed a long career that included work at domestic and international firms as well as the US Army Lab in Hanover, New Hampshire. Most importantly, he has dedicated his career to advocating for transit and urban development in Kansas City.
“Some people have a tremendous impact on their community without pomp and circumstance and they work for the greater good without ever expecting, or wanting, recognition,” said Mayor Sly James. “Today, we give Kite the recognition he deserves but has never sought for himself. His footprint in transit and urban development can be found all over this City and I’m thrilled to help honor his legacy.”
“On behalf of the City, we would like to express our most sincere gratitude to Kite for having a vision for a better Kansas City and his persistence in working towards and advocating for that vision,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman, Councilman Russ Johnson.
Construction on the streetcar vehicle maintenance facility is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2014 and is slated for completion during Spring 2015. The site will be ADA accessible and designed to LEED gold standards for sustainability. A rendering of the site can be viewed HERE.