How does the CNI relate to these other planning processes?

These past and on-going planning processes will serve as the bases for creating an integrated community vision for land use, economic development, housing and transportation within the study area. Unlike the other plans which are broader in nature, the Paso Gateway Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan will provide stie specific recommendations and conceptual site plans ot meet the goals for neighborhood revitalization. These include:

  • Conceptual plans for replacement housing for the 134 units at Chouteau Courts + additional mixed-income housing (within and outside of the study area)
  • Housing Market Study that identifies what the market can support
  • Reuse strategy for the 6.8 acre Chouteau Courts site
  • Development options for key sites
  • Implementation strategy
  • Phasing strategy
  • Implementation budget

How do I get more information about this process?

For more information about this planning process, or to get involved please contact:

John Monroe

Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri

Phone: 816-968-4288 

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June Visioning Workshop

One June 13, 2012, the Housing Authority of Kansas City (HAKC) held a 2-hour visioning session at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences with community stakeholders, businesses and agencies that have an interest in creating a Redevelopment District within the Paseo Gateway neighborhood. Following are issues and priorities for further study that resulted from the discussion.

See June presentation here


  • It is important to live with the homeless
  • They have to go somewhere
  • Don’t push them out
  • Dispersal of homeless services is not realistic
  • Homeless want the same thing as everyone else – safety and security
  • Those who prey on the homeless are the problem
  • Homeless have a sense of community. Try to build common ground.
  • “Housing First” model does not work; don’t ghettoize or concentrate
  • Good models of artist helping homeless navigate maze of available social services; dynamic case management
  • Note that there is also a hard to reach population of homeless people who want to stay in the streets and may not respond well to available programs

University and Student Population

  • KCUMB is a great neighbor
  • Student involvement in neighborhood associations is an asset
  • Washington University in St. Louis has spread student housing along the face of the street to serve as a catalyst

General Comments    

  • KCUMB community clinic can become a point of connectivity; investment service learning projects; care
  • Motels as SRO
  • Community policing
  • Motels
  • Safety
  • Partnership structure to encourage change
  • Build on momentum
  • What is the commitment from organizations that are present?
  • NE chamber has a vision for Independence Avenue
  • Any kind of redevelopment district will not be successful unless development can be attracted. A new district could be specific and targeted and support a common vision.
  • Start small. Focus on keystone projects
  • There is an issue with 5 story buildings along Paseo
  • Makes it too “tunnel-like”
  • Options for retaining more interesting buildings
  • Issue with how to access the redeveloped park


Proposed Corridor Land Use

Independence Avenue 

  • Restaurants, retail, cultural hub, celebrate diversity, marketplace, gateway
  • West Independence is more prosperous than East Independence
  • High traffic, transportation and redevelopment
  • Assets – University Anchor, CID Implementation
  • Traffic/transit spine
  • KCUMB District Identity
  • Priorities – Remove 7-11, make a more consistent image
  • Improve walkability, address industrial transit and transportation
  • Chouteau Courts can act as a catalyst

The Paseo

  • Vision of a green connection south of 9th to Independence
  • Park and Blvd.
  • Public Civic space
  • The neighborhood could adopt it
  • Mixed Use Development can attract other uses to the neighborhood
  • Priorities are to manage public space
  • Get rid of vacant buildings
  • Improve wayfinding and walkability
  • Getting rid of the motels is the catalyst


Admiral Blvd.

  • Vision of a residential district that could spread west
  • Assets are its scale, greenspace and its connection to downtown
  • Priorities are to conserve housing, make it walkable, put in a landscape edge to the south to buffer residential, build on residential development