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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The Paseo Gateway Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan study area covers .9 square miles and houses 4,833 residents (2010). The physical boundaries are defined by the Union Pacific Railroad line to the North, Chestnut Trafficway and Prospect Avenue to the east, East 9th Street to the south and US Highways I-29/I-35 to the west. THe study area includes portions of three distinct neighborhoods including Pendleton Heights, Independence Plaza, and Paseo West.

Neighborhood Character

Independence Avenue runs east to west and forms the major commercial artery. North of Independence Avenue are the historic homes of Pendleton Heights, the campus of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, two HAKC properties, Chouteau Courts and Riverview Gardens, as well as Cliff Drive Scenic Byway and Kessler Park. The southern portion of the study area includes the remaining industrial areas of Paso West and Samuel Rodgers Health Center.

Neighborhood Issues

The neighborhood lacks commercial amenities, has a high rate of violent crime (32 crimes per 1,000 residents in 2009) and a high concentration of poverty (49%). The area has faced deterioration as a result of a movement towards the suburbs and decline in manufacturing since the mid to late twentieth century. This disinvestment is characterized by pockets of significant vacancy. Recently there have been some substantial changes in population as new residents have moved into the neighborhood. The Study area is in the Kansas City Missouri School District (KCMSD). Schools in teh area include Garfield Elementary School, Charter Schools, and Northeast High School. Both Garfield Elementary and Northwest High School are not making adequate yearly progress with MAP Verbal and MAth scores ranging from 13% to 57% of State standards.

Site Issues

The 140-unit Chouteau Courts site has extensive building systems and infrastructure deficiencies as well as inappropriate building design and site layout requiring demolition and redevelopment.


Neighborhood Assets

  • Key Businesses and Institutions - KCUMB, Samuel Rodgers Health, A. Zahner company, Mark-One Electric, Aldi
  • Historic greenway and park system - The Paseo, Cliff Drive Scenic Byway, Kessler Park, Belvidere Park
  • Proximity to downtown Kansas City and great freeway access to areas beyond
  • Culturally and liguistically diverse population
  • Neighborhood investments including restoration of homes in historic Pendleton Heights, expansion of KCUMB, and new campus for Samuel Rodgers Health


Paseo Gateway Neighborhood Summary


Ethnic Origin

While African Americans make up the majority of people in the study area (47.9%), the neighborhood is culturally and linguisitcally diverse with an additional 21% of the population consisting of minotiry populations primarily from Asia and Latin America.

The Hispanic population has grown by almost 10% since 2000 to 17.6% in 2010.

Age Structure

Families & Households

In 2010, 46.2% of households were Non-Family Households

37.4% of the households were 1 person households which may reflect the student population

Housing Characteristics

There are 2,037 housing units in the study area

  • The study area includes older housing stock with 50.3% built before 1940
  • The median value is $98,213
  • Decrease in residential vacancy 362 (2000) vs. 327 (2010)
  • Rental units have decreased by 12%
  • Vacancy has decreased by 9%


Land Ownership

Major landowners in the study area include

Labor Force

Although unemployment is high, there has been an increase in the number of employed men and women in the labor force.

The largest employment sectors represented are:


The median income has decreased in the last ten years $21,439 (2000) vs. $18,009 (2010)

The median household income is below the city average $18,009 compared to the City average of $43,587



Increase in the past 10 years of residents who are high school graduates

Significant increase in the number of college graduates 165 (2000) vs. 592 (2010)