Answered: Where locals want affordable housing, according to our readers

You told us which empty buildings could be converted into affordable housing.

Greenville skyline

Hopefully a new place will be cooking soon here.

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Recently, we asked you which vacant office spaces around town you’d recommend be converted to affordable housing. You know, the empty buildings you pass every day on your morning commute and think “that would make a great blank.” As usual, you did not disappoint. Here are two spots you thought could make hot homes.

The hot spots

Be the Broker 3

Envisioning something special for that signage spot.

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2007 Broadway Blvd., KCMO, submitted by Beth M. + Marty M.
This former bank, located conveniently in the Crossroads Arts District, is fitted with a drive-thru and highly-visible exterior sign.

Bryant School KCMO

This castle-like school sits empty, eagerly awaiting a transformation.

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319 Westover Rd., KCMO, submitted by Drew
This abandoned elementary school is just itching for someone educated enough to turn it into something new.

The big picture

In case you missed it, the White House recently released a new plan to convert vacant commercial buildings into residential housing through resources like:

  • Grants: Funding from the government can help cover the costs of land acquisition and construction. For example, the Community Development Block Grant Program provides annual grants to fund housing projects.
  • Land dispositions: Transferring property to local governments, non-profits, and for-profit developers can reduce the cost of affordable housing.
  • Taxes: When transforming office space into housing, systems like plumbing, heating, and cooling typically need replacing. This can be an opportunity to make improvements to energy efficiency — which can be rewarded with tax incentives and credits.

There are more resources than we could possibly list — 20+ programs across multiple agencies. Good thing all the current federal resources are consolidated into this guidebook.

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