Client Success Story: Santa Fe Area Council Receives Funding to Revitalize Historic KC Neighborhood

Byrne Pelofsky is excited to announce that our client, Santa Fe Area Council, received $610,000 in grant funding from the Center City Economic Development Commission of Kansas City, Missouri (CCED) to rehabilitate existing homes in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri – a part of the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. As a Kansas City-based company, we are especially dedicated and proud of our work to improve and infuse funds into our community.

The Santa Fe Area Council neighborhood has a rich history and important standing in Kansas City’s Black community. Established in 1897, Santa Fe Place is one of the first planned neighborhoods in Kansas City and the only one which has retained a significant degree of architectural integrity. It became the first major residential neighborhood in Kansas City where upper and middle class Black individuals found a residential area that reflected their educational and economic background. It is of exceptional importance to the history of the Black Civil Rights Movement in Kansas City and in Missouri at large. The neighborhood’s architectural cohesiveness – with a high concentration of Shirtwaist and Bungalow-style structures – distinguish it from its surrounding neighborhoods.

The Santa Fe Area Council neighborhood encompasses 32 city blocks and is bound by 27th Street on the north and Linwood Boulevard on the south. It enjoyed substantial residential development between 1883 and 1930, but is now considered severely blighted per federal New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) definition. It also encompasses a qualified opportunity zone area.

Byrne Pelofsky worked with the Santa Fe Area Council on a request for grant funding that would provide essential homeowner grants to low/modest income residents living in the Santa Fe Area Council neighborhood to make critical improvements to their homes, both interior and exterior, as well as outdoor landscaping.  Now that grant funding has been approved, the impact of this investment will be an infusion of property improvements totaling over $1,000,000 to homes in the neighborhood.

For more information on Byrne Pelofsky’s grant writing services, give us a call at 816.237.1999 or send an email to info@byrnepelofsky.com. 

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