KANSAS CITY, MO – September 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) is pleased to join Secretary Julian Castro of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in announcing a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grant for the Housing Authority of Kansas City (HAKC) and the City of Kansas City.
“I am thrilled that our community will be a recipient of the Choice Neighborhoods grant,” stated Congressman Cleaver. “This is a reflection of the strong collaborative spirit of many individuals and organizations in our community. The $30 million will serve as a catalyst towards revitalizing the Paseo Gateway neighborhood and will bring much needed resources and opportunities to its residents. I am proud to have supported this project throughout the process and look forward to its strong impact on Kansas City.”
“This tremendous grant represents the best of how we gets things done, bringing together diverse partners to make Kansas City best,” said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. “It also presents an exciting opportunity to take a holistic approach to the revitalization of an economically underinvested area of our city that is rich in history. This grant will provide resources to and for residents to help improve their neighborhoods and lives. Working together, we can now focus on improving housing, transportation, social services and other vital services for the area.”
The Choice Neighborhoods program supports locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Known as the Paseo Gateway project, the Kansas City vision focuses on a 450 acre targeted development area just east of Downtown that serves as a major entrance to the Historic Northeast area of Kansas City. The proposal includes redeveloping the isolated, 134-unit Chouteau Courts public housing project, which sits on top of an old landfill and is bordered by two interstate highways. In its place, a multi-phased mixed-income community will be built that includes 360 units. The plan also calls for increasing public safety, spurring economic growth through commercial investment, and improving the health and wellbeing for those in the community by rejuvenating key corridors, parks, and vacant properties.
The project is the result of an extensive cooperative effort of over 30 stakeholder and partner organizations in the Pendleton Heights, Independence Plaza and Paseo West Neighborhoods that included neighbors, public housing residents, businesses, community non-profits and educational institutions. As the first Choice Neighborhoods implementation grant awarded in Missouri (previously HAKC received a planning grant for this project), this funding will help revitalize the community and leverage over $100 million in additional investments to reinvigorate the neighborhood thru this transformative effort that will benefit the entire Kansas City region.
Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.
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