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New Homes Bring Hope to 39th Street Corridor

Many east side residents were saddened when a fire destroyed the former Horace Mann Elementary School seven years ago. The school, which closed in 1979, had a long and rich legacy of educating generations of students.

Today there’s reason to celebrate as new duplexes are being built on the site at U.S. 71 Hwy and 39th Street. Greater Kansas City LISC is partnering with Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council and the City of Kansas City, Missouri to build Ivanhoe Duplexes, quality for-sale housing for working families. As a priority area of the Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KC-CUR) initiative, the revitalization of the 39th Street corridor is an important mission to LISC.

According to Real Estate Broker Helen Bryant of Bryant Real Estate, Ivanhoe Duplexes defy the image many people have of housing opportunities on the east side. “We’re not doing leftovers anymore,” she declared. “So many people are wanting to purchase this property and they’re not all urban core residents. These are quality properties and anybody would love to live in these homes.”

Bryant says there is a waiting list of prospective buyers for the three-bedroom, 2-bath units which come with garages and stainless steel appliances. Two units are open and ready for occupancy. Six more units are under construction.

LISC’s $530,000 investment in the construction of Ivanhoe Duplexes is an example of the organization’s commitment to affordable home ownership in Kansas City urban neighborhoods. Many other housing projects throughout the community have been supported with LISC investments including Blenheim School Apartments, Finnegan Place, Faxon School Apartments and a variety of single-family homes being brought back to life by UC-B Properties. Click here to learn more about our loan products.


Steve Weatherford