Location: Kansas City, Missouri
DRAW is designing one of six LEED Platinum model homes for the second phase of the Historic Manheim Park Neighborhood Association and Make It Right Foundation’s project to create a model block. Phase one of the project was the nearby Bancroft School renovation at 4300 Tracy – a $14 million renovation of a closed public school building into mixed-use, affordable housing – was completed in 2013.
The six model homes, once complete, will be open to the public for viewing and choosing. Neighbors and future residents will be able to select one of the six homes to be built on one of the neighborhood’s 175 vacant lots. There will be purchase options for market rate, mixed-income and low-income families, plus financial incentives and rent-to-own program options.
The community’s desire for more flexible floor plans to accommodate multigenerational living was identified through a number of neighborhood meetings. To answer this call, DRAW developed a new urban prototype: a flexible, affordable, and healthy home that can provide an opportunity for growth, financial support, reciprocal care, and stability. This robust housing type carves out a “flex space,” which can be a rental unit, a bedroom, a family den, or an age-in-place unit — meeting the needs of an evolving family over multiple generations. A unique butterfly roof design is part of a 600-gallon rainwater collection system that residents can use to irrigate gardens and green spaces. DRAW’s prototype has been designed to meet Passive House standards that are higher than those required by the project.