reStart's $6.7M housing concept for the formerly homeless

A new housing concept in Kansas City is offering a solution to once homeless families.

Rose Hill Townhomes are officially open at 1101 Admiral Boulevard in Kansas City. The first-of-its-kind complex is a $6.6 million project led by ReStart Inc. and the Housing Authority of KCMO.

“This is the first time reStart has been part of constructing new, permanent, supportive housing for previously homeless families,” reStart President and CEO Evelyn Craig said. “It is also the first such residential development in the Paseo West Neighborhood Association. The townhomes were designed to look similar to market-rate apartments found in Quality Hill and they are a bright spot at Admiral and Troost.”

The 33 apartment townhomes range from one to three bedrooms, and feature market-rate housing amenities like off-street secured parking, full kitchens, washers and dryers, and energy efficient construction. As a bonus, reStart provides Rose Hill parents and children with services including employment assistance, financial literacy classes, health screenings, and coordination with local schools. 

“Rose Hill Townhomes is the first phase of the Chouteau Courts replacement plan that is part of the $30 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhood’s Initiative Implementation Grant.” said Edwin Lowndes, executive director of The Housing Authority of KCMO.

Financing was provided by Bank of America, Sugar Creek Capital, and the City of KCMO. Wells Fargo provided a $250,000 grant to reStart that was critical in closing the final gap in financing.

The development team includes Affordable Housing of Kansas City Inc., Brian Collins/Dromara Development LLC, Scott Associates, Taliaferro & Browne, and Dowcon Construction.