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Monthly Event Hosted by Hardesty Renaissance EDC

January 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Hardesty Federal Complex was the economic heart and soul of the upper Blue River valley from the Missouri River to Brush Creek, and Benton to Blue Ridge Boulevards. It served as the main commodity market for four states, pulling them out of the Great Depression. Through World War II it employed over 10,000 people and fueled an industrial district running from the Missouri River to Brush along the Blue River and lining Truman Road from the Blue River to downtown. The jobs created in the industries it fueled built most of the housing in east Kansas City during the World War II era. In 1954 the site was closed. Its economic impact was eliminated overnight and the surrounding neighborhoods have struggled ever since.

Hardesty Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (HREDC) was established in 2011 as a KCMO non-profit affiliate of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), a 40-year old, nationally recognized New York City non-profit community development organization to redevelop the Hardesty complex into a regional community and economic development center, create quality jobs and provide the neighborhood with access to goods and services they need. HREDC has identified programming and anchor tenants to develop Buildings 10 and 11 into an Urban Agriculture, Food Science and Culinary Arts Center in a partnership with Northwest Missouri State University to restart the heart and soul of a community and grow a renaissance.

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Our Harvesters food drive has helped with obtaining over 500 meals (so far) and the Urban Core Group will match $200 in donations to the Harvesters online food drive.  Click to donate!


There is plenty of parking on the site. Please enter the location from Independence Avenue and park in front or drive through the building under the large 5401 numbers and park in back. The UCG sign will be in front of the building on Independence.

Enter the building from the drive through and an elevator will take you to the 12th floor for the Event. The floor is concrete and unfinished so dress accordingly. There will be space heaters available.



January 25, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Hardesty Renaissance EDC


Hardesty Renaissance EDC
5401 Independence Ave
Kansas City, MO 64124 United States
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