Welcome to Paseo Gateway
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative
In September 2010, the Obama Administration launched the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), a flexible, interdisciplinary, place-based approach to neighborhood redevelopment. Engaging resources from the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Justice, Health and Human Services and Treasury, NRI supports local solutions to revitalize and transform neighborhoods. The goal is to create “neighborhoods of opportunity” throughout our cities and metropolitan areas by coordinating Federal policies and programs to design a holistic effort that will maximize outcomes for low-income people no matter where they live, whether in inner city neighborhoods or struggling parts of older suburbs.
In 2011, HUD awarded the Housing Authority of Kansas City a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to develop a strategy to revitalize Chouteau Courts Public Housing and the associated Paseo Gateway district. Building on the success of the HOPE VI program, Choice Neighborhoods funds competitive grants to transform neighborhoods of extreme poverty into sustainable mixed-income communities with a focus on improving housing, increasing employment and educational opportunities for residents, and creating vibrant neighborhoods. HAKC engaged WRT Design as its Master Planner. Greater Kansas City Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) was engaged to facilitate community input, and specifically to produce a Quality of Life Plan based on resident surveys and community meetings. Additional partners in the planning process included the Chouteau Courts Residents Council, City of Kansas City, MO, the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences , the Kansas City Missouri School District, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, the Northeast Chamber of Commerce, and the three neighborhood associations in the District. A Steering Committee, comprised of representatives of these groups, was established to oversee the planning process. The Paseo Gateway Transformation Plan is a shining example of how HUD, a housing authority, a municipal government, and community partners can work together to creatively harness and redirect downtown revitalization—while simultaneously improving the lives of public housing residents.
The Paseo Gateway Transformation Plan was completed in 2013. In February 2015, HAKC and its partners applied for a Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant, in the amount of $30 million, which will be an essential catalyst for the revitalization of the Paseo Gateway neighborhood and will leverage local investment to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and visit the Paseo Gateway.