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KCPS is currently accepting proposals for the Askew, Meservey and Pershing sites. The proposal deadline is December 1, 2023. Tours were held on October 17. Please direct any questions or requests for alternative touring times to Christel Highland, Block Real Estate Services, For more information about proposal requirements, see Offering Guidelines.

Harrison Street Lots – Deed Restriction Amendment Request

On March 27, 2023, KCPS hosted a community meeting to consider a request from RCR Developers (RCR) to amend the deed restriction on property formerly owned by the district.  The property includes five vacant lots along Harrison Street.  The current deed restriction limits development to the construction of new single family homes.  RCR proposes changing the deed restriction to also allow for new construction duplexes/twin homes.

RCR Proposal Harrison Street Meeting Notes Feedback Form


On February 2, 2023, two teams presented reuse proposals for the former Scarritt Site. To view the presentations, go to:

Scarritt Site Information


KCPS sold the former Wendell Phillips/KCNA school site, 2433 Vine Street, to Urban Catalyst, Inc, a non-profit affiliate of Urban Neighborhood Initiative on February 16, 2023 for multi-use, multi-tenant facility, with a goal to engage, educate and enrich the residents of UNI’s neighboring communities. As part of the sale, KCPS, UNI and the Wendell Phillips Neighborhood Association (WPNA) entered into a Benefit Agreement to ensure KCPS stakeholders and the WPNA community benefit from the redevelopment.

For more information about the project, go HERE.

About Repurposing

The Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS), through its Repurposing Initiative, is taking an innovative and comprehensive approach to promoting the reuse/ redevelopment of 30 of its closed school sites. The Repurposing Initiative, which began as a yearlong community engagement and planning process to develop community-driven reuse strategies, has transitioned from planning into action. Guided by the community feedback and technical reuse assessments outlined in the reuse strategies, the KCPS is in the process of soliciting proposals and promoting opportunities to reposition these school sites so that they once again serve as valuable assets for the Kansas City community.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like to be informed of upcoming meetings, please contact us at

Interested in acquiring a closed school site?

KCPS is currently accepting proposals/offers for several closed school sites (see below) through Block Real Estate Services. All proposals/offers will be evaluated based on project feasibility, qualifications/track record, and consistency with community goals. Click here for proposal/offer requirements.

If you are interested in one of the district's Repurposing sites, please contact Aaron Mesmer ( or Christel Highland ( at Block Real Estate Services at (816) 756-1400 or contact the Repurposing office at or (816) 418-7725.

School Site Info

Askew School

Contact Us

Shannon Jaax, AICP - Consultant
Jesse Lange - Manager of Planning & Real Estate
2901 Troost Ave,
Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 418-7725
(816) 418-7750(fax)

Swinney School

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