5405 Mastin St. Merriam,KS Ribbon Cutting

5405 Mastin St. Merriam,KS Ribbon Cutting

On the site of a previously dilapidated home, the Builders Development Corporation and Johnson County Housing Services welcomes United States Congressman Kevin Yoder, Johnson County Board of Commissioners Chair Ed Eilert, Dana Bucker, Community Planning and Development Director for the Region VII Office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other City officials and neighborhood residents for a special Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Open House at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23rd.

As part of the Ribbon-Cutting Event, Congressman Yoder will be handing the keys to the qualified family purchasing the house, a young husband and wife along with their two small children.  Snacks and drinks will be provided by The Mowery Group, a Remax Realty and Pulaski Bank.

The Builders Development Corporation (BDC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 community development corporation working towards rebuilding communities in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.  In 2011, The BDC recently received a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Best Practice Award for its commitment to energy-efficient and affordable homes.   This event marks the completion of its third home in Johnson County in the past year, with another three (3) homes currently under rehab.

Renovation of the property was made possible through Johnson County Housing Services and HOME funds obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as private construction financing from Country Club Bank and Builders Development Corporation’s own funds.   The Builders Development Corporation uses Country Club Bank funding to purchase vacant/foreclosed properties in Johnson County, renovate or reconstruct them with HOME funds and then market/sell them to qualified families. The house represents a significant investment in the neighborhood, as every almost every aspect of the home was renovated.  Before and after photos will be available at the event, but some of the improvements include:  Reinforced foundation, new wiring, new plumbing, new siding, new roof, and new garage to replace the existing garage that collapsed in a major winter storm, new energy-efficient windows, new energy-efficient appliances, and much, much more.

Every HOME project not only provides affordable housing for new families, but also provides much needed jobs for local contractors and suppliers.

“The tireless work to create and keep jobs must remain our primary focus. Now, where there was once blight there is hope, empty lots have become beautiful new energy efficient homes, and will stand as a symbol of economic growth,” said Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II.  “I applaud the hundreds of people who have put in thousands of hours to build long-term solutions to bringing neighborhoods back to life, and here in Grandview, what an amazing success story!”

“We’re very excited about this project.” Said Johnson County Board of Commissioners Chair Ed Eilert.  “We are thankful to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and our own Johnson County Housing Services, as without them projects like this don’t happen.” he concluded.

“We are very pleased to be able to assist Johnson County in ensuring these federal funds are utilized to stabilize neighborhoods,” said the President of the Board of the BDC, Tom Woods.  “The BDC prides itself not only on hiring quality, local contractors, but in providing a quality home that is as energy-efficient as feasibly possible to ensure livability over the next several decades.”

For more information, contact Michael Snodgrass of Builders Development Corporation at msnodgrass@bdc-kc.org .

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