Wyandotte Health Foundation makes major grant

05/09/2014 4:01 PM

05/09/2014 4:01 PM

A proposed $30 million redevelopment project in Kansas City, Kan., has earned backing from the Wyandotte Health Foundation, which announced a $1 million donation toward the initiative.

The foundation grant, the single largest gift in its 17-year history, is intended to spark inclusion of a primary or urgent care clinic in the project to serve low-income residents.

The site under review for development is at State Avenue and 10th Street, where planning is under way for a grocery store and a community center. Plans calls for the community center to be operated in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

Mark Holland, mayor and chief executive of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., is championing the “Healthy Campus” initiative and wants to have key elements in place within three years.

The Unified Government last year pledged $6 million in casino profits for the community center and hired the architecture firm of Gould Evans to design a master plan for the campus.

Planners expect the campus to include green space along with the supermarket and community center, which is likely to incorporate the existing John F. Kennedy Community Center.

The neighborhood, near Big 11 Lake on the west side of the Kansas City, Kan., downtown, is in an area that needs more healthy food shopping alternatives for residents, city planners say. A previous study by Associated Wholesale Grocers found that Kansas City, Kan., residents tend to shop for groceries outside of the city.

“That study pinpointed 10th and State as a good location for a grocery store,” said city spokesman Bill Hurrelbrink. “And that correlated with a YMCA study that said 10th and State would be a good location for them, too.”

The Unified Government is negotiating with a potential developer to help finance the grocery store.

The government’s pledge of $6 million also is contingent on raising an additional $6 million from other sources within two years, Hurrelbrink said.



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