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Legislation #: 031139 Introduction Date: 10/9/2003
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 10/9/2003
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS XBARNES, RILEY AND SCHUMACHER
Title: Congratulating Swope Community Builders on receiving the 2003 Governor's Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing.

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RESOLUTION NO. 031139

 

Congratulating Swope Community Builders on receiving the 2003 Governors Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing.

 

WHEREAS, Governor Bob Holden presented to Swope Community Builders the 2003 Governors Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing for redeveloping the Ridgeview Heights apartment complex; and

 

WHEREAS, Ridgeview Heights, formerly known as Boulevard Village Apartments, is a 191 multifamily housing community located adjacent to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kansas City. Originally built in the 1940s, the development had fallen into such a state of disrepair that it was known mainly for high crime, drug activity, and severe blight; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2000, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approached Swope Community Builders, formerly known as Community Builders of Kansas City, about their vision for the future of this property. The result was a complex financial partnership designed to minimize the long-term debt of the property and still provide affordable housing for low-income working families. The key partners included Dalmark Development Group, Rosemann & Associates, PC, Straub Construction Co, Inc, U.S. Bank, Housing Economic Development and Finance Corporation, Industrial Development Authority, Polsinelli Shalton & Welte, Missouri Housing Development Commission, Kansas City HUD Office of Multifamily Housing, and others; and

 

WHEREAS, Ridgeview Heights offers amenities such as a library and computer center for after-school tutoring, and study areas to give young people and adults the opportunity to improve their job skills. Along with the physical transformation of the property, a crime-prevention program, called the Community Security Initiative, and additional support activities have made this development an incubator for social and economic opportunities for the residents and the surrounding neighborhood; and

 

WHEREAS, Swope Community Builders received the award for their tireless dedication to the cause of affordable housing and the success of Ridgeview Heights is an example of cooperation; of partnership; and the power of dedication; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby congratulate Swope Community Builders on receiving the 2003 Governors Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Swope Community Builders and its housing partners with the appreciation of the Mayor, Council and citizens of Kansas City for the dedication and service that they have provided the community.

 

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