Efforts to eliminate blight in the City of Kansas City, Mo. continue to move forward- one demolition at a time! In late spring 2016, the city embarked on a two-year, $10 million project to either tear down or rehab more than 800 blighted properties citywide. And through early 2017, the ambitious goal is in sight!
As of February 2017, more than 170 homes and buildings have been or are in the process of being demolished and another 140 are being rehabilitated- many of them sold through the Land Bank of Kansas City- and have been removed from the dangerous buildings list. Some of those tear downs were donated by private companies including Kissick Construction and Industrial Salvage & Wrecking.
“I just want to give back,” said Chuck Cacioppo Jr., ISW president. “It gives me a good feeling to help the city eliminate some of these properties.”
Nearly 100 other homes are either being renovated by private owners or have been sold through the Kansas City Land Bank.