Kansas City released a formal request for proposals to redevelop the historic home of the legendary Negro Leagues baseball pitcher Satchel Paige.
The Paige Home, where Paige lived during his final years with the Kansas City Monarchs, is located at 2626 E. 28th St., in the Santa Fe neighborhood.
Paige hosted celebrities like Count Basie, the Harlem Globetrotters and Louis Armstrong in the five-bedroom home he purchased in 1950. When Paige died in 1982, the home remained in the family for a few years, but then was sold and the house slowly fell apart.
The house sat vacant for more than 20 years and suffered fire damage in 2018. Then in 2019, the Kansas City Homesteading Authority (KCMHA) purchased the home to protect and preserve it and secured a $150,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to fund repairs for the house. Now, the KCMHA is seeking plans from the community to use the house for community benefit.
“Now that this structure is stabilized, we look forward to its further restoration to ensure it remains an important historic landmark and neighborhood asset for years to come,” City Planning and Development Director Jeffrey Williams said.
While members of the Paige family are looking forward to the home’s revitalization, they also want a say in how the home is used. Paige’s grandchildren envision the home being transformed into a corporate meeting space and museum, and they want to be listed as co-owners on the deed.
KCMHA said they want to continue to have conversations with the Paige family, but also want to do what is best for the Paige legacy.
The Paige family created a Go Fund Me page that would go toward obtaining the home and restoring it themselves. They have raised about $16,000 toward their goal of $350,000.
“With the community’s help, we can once again establish the Satchel Paige Home in its role as a beacon of hope and light to the neighborhood as well as the City of Kansas City, Missouri,” said a statement from the Paige family.
Visit their Go Fund Me page here: https://bit.ly/3ylGovz.
The deadline to submit proposals to the KCMHA is June 17 and the selection is anticipated in July. Some of the requirements of the redevelopment formal request include:
• A restoration plan and vision of the eventual use of the structure.
•A proposal for community use of the site on an ongoing basis through a community benefit agreement with the Santa Fe Area Council.
•Support the neighborhood goals and encourage broader redevelopment efforts along the Prospect Corridor.
For more information or to submit your proposal, visit: http:// city.kcmo.org/kc/Ads/AdResults.aspx?adCategory=15.