Planning class ponders future of closed KC schools

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A group of college students has some ideas for what Kansas City Public Schools should do with all its vacant school buildings.

An urban planning class at the University of Missouri-Kansas City took on the project after the district closed two dozen schools over the summer. The students also looked for uses for buildings closed previously as the district’s population shrank.

Homeowners have expressed concerns because empty buildings can contribute to blight.

Dwynn Evans told The Kansas City Star that the goal is to give the district options.

Ideas include turning schools into senior housing or “art incubators” where artists rent studio space.

The students plan to give a public presentation on Dec. 16 in Katz Hall on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.

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