Expanding the availability of quality, affordable housing is a crucial aspect of building healthy urban communities. BHCS has been a catalyst since 1974 for neighborhood development. Using a block by block strategy to focus neighborhood revitalization with new and renovated single family homes, home repair services to owner occupants, and community planning and organizing; BHCS ensures neighborhood development is comprehensive and sustainable in creating healthy urban communities.

SINGLE FAMILY DEVELOPMENT

Park/Olive Street Homes – Extended redevelopment along the 4900 block of Park and Olive Streets compliments the newly constructed Olive Street Homes. This redevelopment will include six energy efficient single family renovations for homeownership. Construction began in Fall 2009 and will continue through 2010. Visit For Sale section of website to see homes available.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) – In response to the recent foreclosure crisis, the federal government is providing Kansas City with $7.3 million to purchase and rehab vacant, foreclosed homes and sell to eligible home buyers. For more information and eligibility on NSP, visit nspkc.org or call Cliff Pouppirt at 816.333.7870, extension 206.

COMMERCIAL/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Blue Hills Community Services Center – The redevelopment of 5008 Prospect incorporates a concentration of community services to centralize information and assistance for residents and contractors. The community space will serve the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods by providing:

  • Community meeting space
  • Community office space for service based organizations
  • A neighborhood contractor business incubator
  • Home repair, weatherization, and single-family development center

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MULTI FAMILY DEVELOPMENT

Oakland Heights – is a premiere affordable family development in central Kansas City providing high quality living in a low energy cost community.

This newly renovated property includes 107 three bedroom units located at 24th and Garfield near the 18th and Vine Historic District, Troost Lake, Martin Luther King Village, Lincoln High School and the Gregg Klice Community Center. Units are restricted to residents earning 60% area median income.

Rental units consist of 39 single family homes, 68 townhome units, a 1,600 square foot leasing and management office and maintenance shop. A part-time supportive services coordinator plans resident activities and services, including an onsite food pantry. Apartment amenities include full kitchen with dishwasher, range, refrigerator and disposal, washer and dryer hookups, carpet and wood grain vinyl flooring, well-lighted sidewalks and streets, security system and private off-street parking.

Oakland Heights sets the standard for green building in affordable housing. The energy performance rating includes Energy Star and Enterprise Green Communities certifications. Some of the green features include:

  • High, 92 percent efficient furnaces
  • Foam and cellulose insulation
  • Low VOC sealants, caulk and paint
  • Energy Star rated low-E and argon-filled windows
  • Energy Star appliances and compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Ventilation system ensures clean outside air circulation
  • Water conserving plumbing fixtures
  • Energy efficient hot water tanks
  • Green label floor coverings
  • Native species landscaping
  • HERS (Home Energy Rating System) averages 71;
    29% more efficient than a conventional home
  • Average utility bills for gas and electric average $1,099 per year

Managing Member
Blue Hills Community Services

Developers
McCormack Baron Salazar
Blue Hills Community Services

Property Manager
McCormack Baron Ragan

Financing
Missouri Housing Development Commission
Enterprise Community Partners
US Bank

Other Partners
City of Kansas City, Missouri
SWD Architects
Rau Construction

Total Development Cost
$13,858,000

Completed
September 2012