Last weekend, the Make It Right Foundation — a lead partner in the redevelopment of the Bancroft School in the Green Impact Zone — took a group from Kansas City on a tour of the work they’ve done in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward.
After Hurricane Katrina, actor Brad Pitt founded the Make It Right Foundation to help build safe, sustainable and affordable homes for working families. In the coming months, the foundation will work with local developers in Kansas City to do the same in the Manheim Park neighborhood, converting the historic Bancroft School building into affordable housing units and community space. The project, which will also include new townhomes on the school grounds, will meet LEED silver standards for environmentally sensitive design. Make It Right sees the Bancroft project as a catalyst for further housing development in the Green Impact Zone. They invited the Kansas City delegation to see what the foundation has done in New Orleans and learn how sustainable, affordable home design can be incorporated into urban neighborhoods.
The delegation included representatives from BNIM Architects, Dalmark Corporation, J.E. Dunn, the Green Impact Zone and other community organizations, along with elected officials from several levels of government: U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Fifth District, Missouri; Missouri State Senator Kiki Curls; Kansas City Mayor Sly James; and 3rd District Councilman Jermaine Reed.
Thanks to Councilman Reed for sharing this photo of the group at a home in the Ninth Ward: