Location: Westside, Kansas City, Missouri
Reconnect Westside focuses on the north end of the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City – particularly the area around the West High Switzer School where development pressure is the greatest. Construction of infill housing has accelerated in this area, and the West High Switzer School is positioned to be redeveloped, bringing more residents to the neighborhood, increasing demand for neighborhood services, and possibly placing strain on existing public facilities.
The Reconnect Westside project aims to accomplish three outcomes: Document the neighborhood’s priorities for future development and infrastructure improvements, Build on existing plans and coordinate with ongoing initiatives, and Create implementation-focused strategies that address specific issues that affect the residents of the area.
DRAW worked alongside BNIM on this collaborative report funded by a grant from the Mid-America Regional Council’s (MARC) Creating Sustainable Places initiative. Creating Sustainable Places is a regional initiative funded by a Sustainable Communities Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.