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August 26, 2013

Kansas City school board to consider selling former Westport Middle School

Administrators are recommending selling it to a group that is proposing a historic conversion. The project would include up to 100 market-rate apartments, commercial space and urban farming.

A shuttered Kansas City school could soon find a second life as a mixed-use development.

The district said in a news release that its Board of Education will consider the sale of the former Westport Middle School on Wednesday. The board received four proposals.

Administrators are recommending selling it to a group that is proposing a historic conversion. The project would include up to 100 market-rate apartments. There also would be commercial space that would be primarily targeted for non-profit office space. Grounds would be used for urban farming and gardening.

If approved, the sale would close by year’s end.

The district’s list of unused schools grew to 30 after a massive consolidation effort in 2010. Since then, the district has been looking for new uses for the vacant buildings.

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