Marlborough School Redevelopment

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– See description below for the Catalyst Project –

Following are the projects and programs identified as the most important related to this Catalyst Project:

  1. Marketing plan for attracting partners
  2. Community graphic identity roll-out
  3. Mentorship programs
  4. Partnering with the Blue Hills Community Services program to develop a small business incubator/training program
  5. Building a healthy food awareness and education hub

Catalyst Project Description:
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The Marlborough School is envisioned to become the figurative heart and soul of the community and the intersection between a healthy environment, fair and equal services, and a new sustainable way to grow the local economy. A complex mix of educational programs, including job training, community space with health programs, and shared office space can cultivate the intellectual, social, and physical well-being of a thriving community.

This once bustling elementary school has been empty since 2007. The building has suffered from water damage and vandalization, while the grounds have become littered and overgrown. It is time for this school building and grounds to take on a new life as a dynamic, innovative community focal point that will attract residents, visitors, and new businesses.

The uses that the community has expressed interest in housing on this site are the following:

CLICK HERE TO SEE A CONCEPTUAL PLAN OF THESE USES

[Go to the  Marketing plan for attracting partners opportunity for more information about next steps, potential partners, and funding sources]

Marlborough embraces its role as Kansas City’s model community for green infrastructure. The city-wide adoption of these practices will protect and enhance our environment while correcting some mistakes of 20th century infrastructure. The second round of Water Services green infrastructure projects are being implemented over the next three years and Marlborough School can become the training ground to develop residents’ employment skills and catalyze new businesses around these emerging opportunities of environmental protection, beautification of private and public properties, and restoration of our city’s water infrastructure.

The School also has great potential to house programs associated healthy food access. Community priorities include improving healthy food access in the neighborhood, as well as education for parents and kids to support healthy choices and skills. Not only is Marlborough School sited on a large parcel of land that could provide space for garden beds, climate controlled growing spaces, and a market, but some of the classrooms and the cafeteria could be renovated to function as a healthy food institute. This would include a demonstration kitchen focused on the production and preparation of healthy food on a community scale.

It is only fitting that the renovation of this building and grounds should be an example of the highest level of efficiency. As a living laboratory of energy efficiency and water efficiency, this property could become a civic magnet of urban restoration and research. A building system that uses the power of the natural elements (solar, wind, and ground source heat) as well as water capture and non-potable reuse in the building and for irrigation, can offset operation costs. It can also provide models for new development in the area, and inspiration for curious minds as students and residents engage in scientifically monitoring its performance and improving and adapting its outcomes.

Following are the projects and programs identified as the most important related to this Catalyst Project:

  1. Marketing plan for attracting partners
  2. Community graphic identity roll-out
  3. Mentorship programs
  4. Partnering with the Blue Hills Community Services program to develop a small business incubator/training program
  5. Building a healthy food awareness and education hub

Each of these opportunities plays a crucial role in paving the way to a vibrant and sustainable reuse of this historic building and grounds. Please click on the links above to learn more about these projects and get involved in the exciting changes happening in Marlborough.

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