Neighborhood residents and KCPD officers joined UMKC students and professors at the Historic Manheim Park Association neighborhood meeting on Aug. 10 at Immanuel Lutheran Church to discuss RUN plans.

Neighborhood residents and KCPD officers joined UMKC students and professors at the Historic Manheim Park Association neighborhood meeting on Aug. 10 at Immanuel Lutheran Church to discuss RUN plans.

Historic Manheim Park Association (HMPA) — one of five neighborhood associations active in the Green Impact Zone — are working with students and professors from the UMKC Department of Architecture Urban Planning and Design on a new initiative called Regeneration of an Urban Neighborhood (RUN). The goal of RUN, which began Aug. 19, is to change the perception of the neighborhood and bring new investors to the area along Troost Avenue and new residents to Manheim Park.

Students from four different UMKC classes, including planning, urban environment, architecture, and neighborhood and community development, will be part of the RUN effort. The architecture class will develop a hypothetical location and site design for a community center as part of the project. HMPA has organized street/block teams that will catalog the neighborhood’s human, social, natural, physical and financial assets in order to create their own vision for a neighborhood plan. HMP President Saundra Hayes was recently interviewed on KCUR Radio with UMKC associate professor Dr. Jacob Wagner to discuss the RUN program. The interview can be heard here.

After hearing about the project at a neighborhood meeting, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department also got involved. A police task force will work directly with the block team leaders to create programs tailored for HMPA and continue to bring down crime in the community.

The RUN effort, which will wrap up in December, was made possible by a $20,000 Community Capital Fund grant. HMPA applied for the grant with the help of the Green Impact Zone staff, and worked with neighborhood residents to raise required matching funds through a successful online crowd-funding campaign. For more information on the RUN program, call the HMPA office at 816-936-8808.

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