The former mayor of San Antonio, now U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) Secretary Julián Castro, announced that Kansas City is one of the five winners nationwide to receive $30 million in federal money as part of a $150 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative
that aims to redevelop severely distressed public housing and revitalize surrounding neighborhoods. The other four winners are Atlanta, Memphis, Milwaukee and Sacramento.
Kansas City will use the grant to replace Choteau Courts and improve the Paseo Gateway. Built in 1958, Choteau Courts is a Kansas City Housing Authority property located northeast of Independence Avenue and the Paseo. The existing structure will be demolished and replaced with a multi-phased mixed-income community comprising 360 units. Moreover, the grant will help improve education, business development, social services and healthcare in the neighborhood.
“What we would like to see is a community that is working together not just to improve housing but to improve job prospects, access to transit and here they are looking at it from a holistic prospective and that’s what really impressed us at HUD,” stated Secretary Castro.
The HUD grant is for the Paseo Gateway district that spreads out from I-35 to Chestnut Trafficway and from Cliff Drive to Ninth Street. The project is estimated to be completed within five years. About two-thirds of the money will be directed to new housing, while the remaining $10 million will be used to improve Paseo Gateway corridors and parks, help spur economic development and improve public safety.
Image courtesy of Paseo Gateway