Sam Rodgers

Sam Rodgers Place, the 62-unit mixed-income development on the Samuel U. Rodgers campus in the Historic Northeast’s Independence Plaza neighborhood broke ground this week, as the seventh and final phase of Brinshore Development, the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri (HAKC), and the City of Kansas City, MO’s Paseo Gateway revitalization effort.

Sam Rodgers Place is the final development sparked by a $30 million Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant provided to HAKC and the City of Kansas City in 2015.

The development will deliver housing to households across the income spectrum: from families coming from public housing to market-rate renters. The building will include 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom units in walkups, town-homes and flats.

As part of the project, twenty-seven of the units will have a preference at lease-up for former residents of the Chouteau Courts public housing development.

All units regardless of income targeting are indistinguishable from one another and interspersed throughout the development.

Sam Rodgers Place will also be certified bronze through the National Green Building System rating system.

“We are extremely excited about the construction of another choice for affordable housing in Kansas City. This is a unique opportunity combining housing and health to serve the needs of the families in our community,” said Edwin Lowndes, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Kansas City, MO.

The development supports holistic community wellness. Located next door, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center has served as an anchor of the community and a medical home for thousands in Kansas City. 

“Dr. Rodgers [the founder of Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center] said ‘bring healthcare to the people where they are.’ He believed that housing and healthcare were wedded together, which is why he established the Health Center in the Wayne Miner housing project in 1968,” remarked Bob Theis, CEO of Samuel U. Rogers Health Center. 

Later this year, to further their mission and outreach to the community, Samuel U. Rodgers will break ground on a 4,300 square foot building next door to the Sam Rodgers Place development named the Propeller. The Propeller Building will provide a home for events, small businesses, and non-profits with a variety of conference rooms, classrooms and an indoor/outdoor event venue.

The following lenders and investors made the development possible:

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Choice Neighborhoods program;
  • Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, National Housing Trust Funds and fund balance loans;
  • Tax credit equity from the Richman Group and Sugar Creek Capital;
  • Housing Investment Partnership (HOME) loan from the City of Kansas City, MO;
  • Construction financing from BMO Harris Bank
  • Funding and rental subsidies through the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration program and Housing Authority of Kansas City, MO;

The development will be complete by Spring 2023.

Read more about projects related to this initiative at the Paseo Gateway website.

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