Volume 3, Issue 2 Oct 2013Over the past 2 1/2 years, KCPS Repurposing Initiative has worked with over 22 neighborhood associations, hundreds of community stakeholders, and developers to identify reuses for the district's closed school sites. We continue to see exciting projects bring life back to vacant buildings and neighborhoods across Kansas City. Check out some exciting projects moving forward below!
New Uses, New Beginnings:
Visions coming to life
Westport Middle is the latest site approved for sale by the KCPS Board of Education. Kansas City Sustainable Development Partners will be redeveloping the site for market-rate housing and office space for a variety of nonprofits. The Old Hyde Park, Hyde Park, and Southmoreland neighborhood associations were vital in moving this proposal forward and are excited about the energy the project will bring to the area. The sale is scheduled for November 15, 2013. Mary Kelly Community Center CafeThe dedication of the Mary L. Kelly Community Center was held on September 17, 2013 at the former Graceland school. Town Fork Creek and Blue Hills Neighborhood Associations will now have the opportunity to access computer resources, GED classes, and a cafe, all within walking distance. The site will also house space for several nonprofits and dance classes for Upper Room students. Members of the two neighborhood associations are also eligible for membership in exchange for volunteer hours. Great things are in store for these hard working neighborhoods!
DuBois Learning Center staff providing tutoring servicesIn 2013, DuBois Learning Center is celebrating 40 years of providing tutoring and mentoring services to Kansas City youth. Thanks to the help of DuBois staff, volunteers and the Seven Oaks neighborhood association, Dubois welcomed students on September 7, 2013 to its new home, the former Milton Moore school. KCPS congratulates DuBois on its success and is excited DuBois will continue its services at the Milton Moore school.McCoy demolition & open space planKaw Valley Wrecking commenced demolition of the McCoy school on August 23, 2013 and will complete work by December 20, 2013. If you have any questions or concerns during the demolition project, please contact Jesse Lange at 418-7506.
This summer, 360 Architecture provided pro bono services to the Blue Valley Neighborhood Association (BVNA) on the development of a conceptual plan for the cleared site. BVNA has used the conceptual plan to submit grant proposals to help fund the desired open space project. Awards will be announced in late 2013/early 2014. Click HERE to see the site design!