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Quindaro Ruins Overlook Open 5th Street Townhomes Added in Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill neighborhood President Carol Diehl was smiling at the ribbon cutting celebration for the new 5th Street Townhomes. The five units are the newest addition to downtown KCK.

blend of the old with the new. "We asked City Vision when the first started out would they please have the homes blend in with the homes already in the neighborhood," said Diehl.

The new scenic overlook structure at the historic Quindaro Ruins site at 27th and sewell.

Hundreds turned out to dedicate a major renovation project which makes it possible for citizens to visit and view the hisoric Quin- daro Ruins at 27th and Sewell. A new overlook structure is the feature point of the renovation.

Quindaro was one of the first

Department of Interior/national Park Service.

Much of the wild overgrown was cut down. Paths and stairs were installed. now visitors can view parts of the ruins from the overlook, or walk to them using the stairs and trail

"We are so excited about this be- cause this is a new beginning for us," exclaimed Diehl.

"This is absolutely the beginning of a rebuilding of our neighbor- hoods and downtown," said May- or Reardon. "our downtown will come alive when more and more people come to be residents of it."

The townhomes are built by City Vision Ministries, a not-for-profit urban development organization. CVM has been responsible for

"This neighborhood is just a mar- velous neighborhood to be working in and City Vision is proud to be part of it," said Harvey. The town- homes are some of the first Energy Star Rated units in the metropolitan area. "These kinds of homes are go- ing to be in more demand in the fu- ture. They are highly, highly energy efficient," he said.

Harvey emphasized that the lo- cation of the townhomes make them appealing to those who enjoy

cities in Kansas and played a major role in the nation’s battle over slavery. The abolitionist sentiments of the town and its location directly across from the pro-slavery state of Missouri made Quindaro a stop for fugitive slaves using the Underground Railroad.

The overlook is the first signifi- cant structure to be erected on the historic Quindaro Ruins site since it was abandoned following the Civil War and economic depres- sion. The improvements were paid for with a $200,000 "Save Ameri- ca's Treasures" grant from the US

future plans include the con- struction of a museum and archive facility. Many of the organizations involved in the current renovation are hoping they can raise at least $1 million to begin the next phase of the project.

"I think it is great to have every- one from every corner of our com- munity to come together to cele- brate the historical significance of Quindaro," said Unified Govern- ment Community Development Director Lavert Murray. "It's about everybody."

Peregrine Falcon Estates Suburban Style in an Urban Setting

KCK residents are celebrating the newest neighborhood devel- opment of I-635. Peregrine falcon Estates is located just north of 7th Street and Quindaro.

The urban lifestyle develop- ment is designed to promote a strong sense of community within a secure neighborhood. The Per- egrine plan for a Lifestyle Commu- nity represents the opportunity to provide additional amenities and extra dimensions that are usually only found in the best suburban locations.

The first phase of the 50-acre




construction, will consist of 30 high-quality homes. The second

phase will bring an additional 50 homes scheduled for construction after the first of the year.

"We have some of the best hous- ing for almost any opportunity that one wants to have in new hous- ing," said Mayor Reardon at the kick-off of the KCK Smart Homes Tour.

Homes in the Pergrine falcon subdivision begin in the high $100,000 range and are located just minutes away from down- town. Peregrine falcon Estates are open for tours on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. for more information go to www.livingindowntownkck. com.

Crowds tour 5th street Townhomes in strawberry Hill. The townhomes are some of the first Energy star Rated units in the metropolitan area.

building and redeveloping many urban neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kansas.

"These are the first of what we hope will be 60 town homes and condominiums to be built here in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood," says John Harvey, CVM Executive Director. "These are also some of the first Energy Star rated Town Homes in the metropolitan area." CVM is responsible for the revitalization of Turtle Hill, The Historic City Hall Lofts, Mission Cliffs Homes and Townhomes, and Rainbow Park.

The design of the new townhomes is just what Diehl was hoping for; a

being close to businesses and ma- jor entertainment spots like Village West, Sprint Center, and downtown Crossroads District.

CVM is responsible for the revi- talization of Turtle Hill, The His- toric City Hall Lofts, Mission Cliffs Homes and Townhomes, and Rain- bow Park. Harvey also says a new restaurant, Wheat State Pizza, a re- gional chain, is open at 612 north 5th Street in a building CityVision Ministries owns.

for more information and a vir- tual tour, go to www.cityvisionkck. org.

UG Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are available and readily accessible on the Internet. So it's easy to find items and actions the Unified Government Commission and its Standing Committees are taking. To view standing committee and full commission agendas and minutes, go to the Unified Government Website at www.wycokck.org. Just click on the Agendas and minutes logo.

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