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The groundbreaking ceremony of UMKC’s School of Medicine in the Beacon Hill Neighborhood is another example of investment and redevelopment in the city’s urban core. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 1st and showcased the strong public-private partnerships of city, civic, education, and business leaders coming together to show their support of the project. “Today we are taking another huge step in creating a new urban landscape in the Third District. As a strong supporter of this project since its inception, I am thrilled to witness this historic groundbreaking,” said Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed. Presenters at the ceremony spoke of how this project will strengthen the link between the city’s east and west areas and their dedication to invest in areas of the city that had long gone neglected.
The student housing project, located at 25th and Troost, will provide housing for 245 students in 123 units at the school. Not only will these students receive an education here, but they will also work, shop, and play in this rapidly changing area of the urban core.
This project is a major part of the Beacon Hill Development Area, which includes two other development projects: the construction of several single-family homes and a new grocery store at the corner of 27th & Troost. The Beacon Hill Development Area, along with the many other development projects going on in the Third District totals over $100 million invested in the heart of our city.