CHWC’s approach to housing is twofold; build new homes and rehab existing homes to revive and beautify neighborhoods. When we are finished, they are then sold to moderate and low-income families. CHWC has already created 470 new homebuyers and preserved 149 homes.* In 2013-14, we will add more than 30 new homes to the community.
* Stats from 2007-2011
A Tax Increment Finance district was established for the revitalization of the St. Peters/Waterway neighborhood in 2005. This neighborhood had not seen investment in over 80 years and experienced an increase in blight and crime. Since 2004, CHWC has constructed over 70 new homes and is devoted to the construction of over 60 additional new single-family homes. Since our work began, crime has greatly diminished and existing homeowners have taken greater pride in their neighborhood.
Specifically, the St. Peter/Waterway Redevelopment Project includes the following activities:
The acquisition of property within the redevelopment district. Vacant, tax delinquent and dilapidated properties were targeted for acquisition.
The demolition of abandoned, unsafe, and dilapidated structures.
The improvement of sidewalks, sewers, and other utilities.
The construction of 92 homes, including:
71 new single family detached homes
12 rehabilitated single family homes
9 rental units in 4 rehabilitated buildings
Homebuyer education, loan/grant opportunities and financial counseling is available to each of the new homeowners/tenants.
St. Joe/St. Benedict’s
In 1999, CHWC constructed 13 new single-family for sale homes as part of an infill revitalization project in the St. Joe/St. Benedict’s Neighborhood. Each home was built with the assistance of local HOME funds and property tax abatements were offered to the homeowners for incentives.
Currently, CHWC has partnered with the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas to develop the St. Benedicts Elementary School site. The elementary school has been demolished and the land is slated for 20 new single family homes and a small monastery to house the Little Brothers of the Lamb. CHWC will be developing, building and selling the 20 single family homes. The Archdiocese will develop and build the monastery.
Strawberry Hill Townhouses
A Tax Increment Finance District was established in 2007 in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood to aide with the construction of 30 new townhomes. Previously, in 2003 CHWC constructed and sold 6 new townhomes. Presently, 5 new units are in the development stage.