Change is coming to Kansas City, Kansas. New apartments and townhomes will be constructed in the downtown area for the first time in 60 years.
[Prairie Fire Development Group (link)] and Community Housing of Wyandotte County will act as co-developers to construct 50 units of high-quality, mixed-income housing called Boulevard Lofts in the Douglas/Sumner neighborhood. The development will be located on the corner of Washington Boulevard and 8th Street.
Boulevard Lofts will help address the current gap between community members who need affordable housing and those affordable units that are available at any given time. 80% of the units in this development will be income-restricted, meeting the [HUD (link)] guidelines for affordable housing (residents in these units will pay no more than 30% of their monthly income towards rent).
A diverse group of community partners are providing the $11 million in funding needed for the project. Affordable housing tax credits from the [Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (link)] will finance part of the project. It will also receive a grant from the Board of Public Utilities.
Residents are hopeful that Boulevard Lofts will revitalize the community and contribute to the holistic health and wellbeing of long-time neighbors, as well as attract further reinvestment in the area. Since the beginning, this project has been focused around the intersection of health and housing. Initiatives such as CHWC's Splitlog Farm and other community health assets will be integrated into the continued development of the area. The objective is to provide higher quality of life through high-quality housing for people of all ages, income levels, and other demographics in the area.
Boulevard Lofts is tentatively scheduled to open during the spring or summer of 2020.