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KC Catalytic Urban Redevelopment Initiative

Greater Kansas City LISC is working in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO), Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI), Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), and the Kansas City District Council of the Urban Land Institute to galvanize civic and corporate interests around socio-economic redevelopment and community building in Kansas City’s urban core east of Troost Avenue. Introduced in December of 2014 to over 200 city stakeholders, this collaborative investment strategy is the result of extensive research and neighborhood engagement by the consulting team of Mosaic Urban Partners, a Washington D.C.- based real estate development and advisory services firm, and Kansas City’s DRAW Architecture + Urban Design.

Released in October 2016, the KC-CUR Implementation Strategy strives to overcome some of Kansas City’s most entrenched barriers to creating healthy markets east of Troost Avenue. The recommendations are based on the principles of focusing resources, investing in public infrastructure, leveraging multi-sector capital resources, and building up the resident population to cultivate a local, vibrant economy. The KC-CUR Steering Committee, comprised of the agencies above, also added a special Addendum to the report that responds to the experience of the research and the recommendations, and specifically describes some of the actions steps immediately being taken.

In particular, a fourth Priority Area includes the UNI’s Purpose Built Community in the Wendell Phillips neighborhood. Together, the four Priority Areas are best positioned to receive targeted attention and investment from public, private and philanthropic partners in order to have the greatest positive impact for the community. The UNI will be expanding its capacity to be the “Implementation Delivery System” for KC-CUR, which means it will build the internal talent and financial balance sheet to function as a master developer and successfully compete for local and national public funding sources. LISC, in building upon the current success of its Catalytic Urban Predevelopment Fund, will take the lead in structuring, fundraising and managing the $25-$40 million patient capital/equity fund described in the report.

Residents and colleagues currently living and/or working in the UNI area should understand that the resources being coordinated for the KC-CUR strategy are available to everyone that qualifies and meets the eligibility criteria. The four Priority Areas have been selected because they provide a compelling stage for focused, sustained investments that can have a ripple effect and strengthen the prosperity for the entire UNI. Throughout the entire duration of the research to develop the KC-CUR Implementation Strategy, intentional efforts were made to engage a broad range of residents and stakeholders in the UNI area, as well as experts from around the city. The video above, produced by the Kansas City Museum in collaboration with Brainroot Light and Sound and the City of Kansas City, captures just a glimpse of the heart of long-standing residents that contributed to KC-CUR.

Download a copy of the full KC-CUR Implementation Strategy report HERE
Download the Executive Summary and Addendum HERE

For more information, please contact the Urban Neighborhood Initiative at (816) 231-0822, or Amanda Wilson at LISC at