Blue Hills Community Services is preparing for its grand opening and ribbon cutting at 5008 Prospect on Sept. 5 from 4–7 p.m. The organization has already begun working out of the offices since construction has been completed. The Green Impact Zone staff was instrumental in helping Blue Hills get the funding it needed to complete the project. The formerly vacant
14,000-square-foot structure will house a small business incubator and training facility.

Other unique features of the LEED- gold certified building include solar panels on the roof for energy efficiency and two electrical vehicle charging stations provided by KCP&L. A large plot of land outside the building will provide space for a partnership with Kansas City Community Gardens and the Giving Grove. They will install, manage and work with the community to lease planting beds at a very low cost. Some of the produce will be donated to local food banks. Construction and installation of the planting beds is expected to begin this fall.

See photos of the newly renovated office/community space here.