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:

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If you’re thinking about buying a home instead of renting — or even planning now to buy a home in a year or two — our March 3 Homebuyer Information Fair is just what you need. Buying a home is a big step, and many first time homebuyers aren’t sure where to start. We can help put you on the path to home ownership.

Join us on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Green Impact Zone Office, 4600 Paseo, Kansas City, Mo. Meet and get to know the lenders, real estate agents and other service providers who can help you in the homebuying process. You’ll learn what you should look for as you shop for a home, how to apply for a mortgage and much more.

Attend the March 3 workshop and you can also reserve your spot on a tour of homes available for sale in the Green Impact Zone that we’re planning for July.

Call 816-936-8803 to sign up. Please register by March 1. Questions? Contact Twana Hall Scott, tscott@marc.org, 816-936-8802, or Cokethea Hill, chill@marc.org, 816-936-8807. The Homebuyer Information Fair is sponsored by the city of Kansas City, Mo., the Bank of Kansas City, Capitol Federal Savings Bank and U.S. Bank, and hosted by the Green Impact Zone and the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Mo.

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