Effort to bring undeveloped Prospect Corridor back to life - KCTV5

Effort to bring undeveloped Prospect Corridor back to life

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

There is an effort to bring an area of Kansas City that has remained undeveloped for years back to life.

Forty-four percent of all commercial property between 47th and 63rd streets on Prospect Avenue is vacant, and 34 percent of the homes in that area are vacant or boarded up.

Cars travel past 50th Street and Prospect Avenue on Highway 71 everyday, but for years this area has gone undeveloped, causing many businesses to move away.

"It is important in terms of this, do we redefine our community so that as people drive through they notice the wonderful community that we love to live work and play in every day," said Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed.

Cliff Pouppirt with Blue Hills Community Services thinks it is about time people turn their attention to Prospect.

"Absolutely it is a viable area. Prospect Corridor has been a very viable corridor both commercial and residential and with a little assistance it will be again," Pouppirt said.

A $3.1 million project is planned to redevelop the key commercial zone and bring more business back to Prospect.

The Blue Hills Community Services admits it is a pretty big undertaking, but one they say will benefit everyone.

"There is such a great potential for someone from the urban core to pick up a lawn business or small construction business and start on their own. That gives them that back office support that allows them to grown into a later company," said Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo.

And the project is more than just a new building.

It will be green to the max, including solar panels, wind turbines, a rain irrigation system and an electric car charging station.

The best news, the nearly four-acre lot will be open to small businesses for just $2 a square foot.

Along with the office space and storage area, 5008 Prospect will also have free community meeting space for non-profit groups.

Construction is expected to start in April and will finish up in about six months.

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