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Monthly Event Hosted by Summit Studios
March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Urban Core is excited to host our meeting this month at Summit Studios at 30th & Summit, Kansas City’s First Multi-Family Shipping Container Development
Most of us have driven up and down (literally) Southwest Trafficway for years. Until now, one would get to 31st Street and the scenery going south didn’t show a lot of promise. As a matter of fact, the only two points of interest at that intersection were Channel 4 and One Park Place. Well that’s all about to change, it’s changing right now. Just north of Channel 4 one can see some activity. It’s hard to tell what’s happening because it doesn’t look like a normal construction site. It looks like a container ship just docked at Signal Hill.
Enter Troy Paul, a young man (well young to me anyway) with a vision and the energy to create a unique housing development. Affordable housing has become a tired cliché that politicians have tossed around for years. Sadly, when asked just how affordable housing happens it’s always crickets. Until now affordable meant not livable.
Troy has taken the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and made it a reality. When you hear the name shipping container you think of a steel box on the back of a semi rolling down the interstate looking like it’s been used and abused. Sometimes you’ve seen them stacked in a freight yard used as a barrier or out in a field used to store tools or something. Well Mr. Paul is turning them into stellar living quarters. You’re not alone if you can’t imagine what that might look like. I have seen the drawings and they are, to say the least, incredibly creative in their layout and design. Troy has created a “bullet proof” starter living space. Or maybe for some of us our last independent living space. Some of these new homes will have a spectacular view of downtown Kansas City, some will have an uninterrupted view of every sunset, while others will have a view of Signal Hill. Troy has taken an area that has been neglected for decades and is turning it into something unique, certainly here in the Urban Core.
I hope I have piqued your interest here.
This month Troy and SBF Containers will be our host for our monthly get together. I truly hope you’ll take the time (like me) to come see what real vision looks like.
In 1806 when Lewis and Clak climbed the bluffs up from the Missouri River (today Quality Hill) while returning from their epoch journey to the Pacific Ocean. They wrote in their journal that this land would make a wonderful city with it’s gentle sloping hills and plentiful supply of fresh water. Today, 216 years later, their vision is a reality. Come join Troy Paul, SBF Containers and the Urban Core gang and see his vision for Kansas City’s answer to affordable housing.
All the best,
Artist, Author and proud resident of Greater Kansas City
Here’s a News Link too.