The intersection of 31st and Main has historically been an important one. It started as a crossroads for commerce, became an important transfer hub for the streetcar in the 20s & 30s, and remains one of our most arterial intersections connecting east and west.
Monthly Event Hosted at The Nonprofit Village by Cramer Capital Management
January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Urban Core is excited for our first event of the year with special thanks to Cramer Capital Management for sponsoring!
The Nonprofit Village building at 31 W. 31st Street, just west of Main Street, was originally constructed in 1922 and features a “barrel roof” design, similar to other buildings erected in that era. From 1922 through the 40s, it housed Young’s Garage and sold Kaufman Window Shades & Venetian Blinds. While you waited for your car to be serviced, you could walk next door and get your Easter or breeding rabbits. At this time, the groundbreaking of the WWI museum was taking place a few blocks north and Walt Disney was working a few blocks east at Laugh-O-Gram Studio.
Not much is known of the building from the 50s-80s but it has been reported to have stored classic cars throughout the 90s. It was vacant and on the market from 2007-2017 when it was purchased by Jon McGraw and Mehgan Flynn to renovate and turn into The Nonprofit Village.
The property had been neglected for so long that everything but its bones needed to be replaced. Fortunately, the interior of the wooden barrel roof was salvageable (despite having multiple bullet holes), as well as the black iron supports that weave through the air, holding everything together. The property has kept its industrial charm while providing modern aesthetic and creature comforts.
The Nonprofit Village opened in March of 2018 with the intention of becoming a hub that housed the basic resources nonprofits need to be successful – beautiful office, meeting and event space, printing, storage, and camaraderie. In the past four years they have been open, they have served over 200 of Kansas City’s nonprofits in some capacity.
The Urban Core Group hosted an event at The Nonprofit Village in October 2017 while it was still under construction. Join us January 26th to see the finished product and how this historic midtown building has been given new life.
The Nonprofit Village was designed around the real estate needs of today’s technology driven nonprofit organizations. Their objective is to support your mission by providing the office infrastructure you need to succeed. With the Village’s shared infrastructure costs of event space, conference room, state of the art print station and more, organizations can reduce their cost base and focus on growth in a shared ecosystem with like-minded individuals.