Officially known as the Eastern 49/63 Neighborhood, the presence of Rockhurst University makes for a diverse, historic neighborhood that is home to educational, cultural and scientific institutions. Our plan is to restore ten existing homes and build ten new single family homes just south of the Rockhurst campus, ultimately making this four block area an example of blending old and new, reviving a vibrant, diverse neighborhood close to university life with services within a short walk.
As a coalition of several smaller areas, this cluster of neighborhoods takes its name from its boundaries, between 49th and 63rd streets, from Oak Street to the Paseo. This includes the Troost Plateau neighborhood, an area of focus for UC-B Properties, running from 54th to 59th, Troost Avenue to The Paseo.
Today, the Troost Plateau area is surrounded by public project developments that include the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Memorial Gardens, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, construction of the new Discovery Center, and of course, Rockhurst University, which includes a community center as a way of connecting with the surrounding communities.
The neighborhood is within minutes of the Country Club Plaza, Westport, Brookside and Waldo shopping/entertaining districts. These aspects are helping to drive a renewed interest in living in the Troost Plateau residential areas. In addition to several smaller organizations, the 49-63 Neighborhood Coalition was founded in 1971 with a goal of maintaining the neighborhood’s racial diversity.
Committed to urban revitalization, UC-B Homebuilders is working on rehabilitating historic homes, using a keen eye to retain the historic appeal and charm of existing homes while adding the modern amenities and the high design quality central to all UC-B projects.
UC-B Homebuilders is also no stranger to new construction of single family homes, having built many popular homes in a variety of neighborhoods. As always, we are utilizing local architects who are committed to sustainable and affordable design.
In addition to homes that serve families, UC-B Properties is also working on housing solutions for the area’s university students and young professionals through developments such as Scholars Row, an innovative approach to urban living through the use of “micro-units,” bringing the unique option of fully furnished studios with smaller energy footprints to the area.
This multi-faceted approach acknowledges and respects the diversity of the 49/63 neighborhood, developing homes interspersed in the area as well as on major thoroughfares such as Troost Ave.
In addition to the variety of institutions surrounding the area, a mix of businesses at 55th and Troost offer a range of services from the business-oriented, screen printed apparel at Midwest Master Screen Printing and computer repair at iRepair Kansas City, to the recreational, such as Blue Star Motorcycle Co. and Electric Iron Tattoo. Other amenities such as a yoga studio, Nella Yoga, and a convenience store are also in this neighborhood.
For more on the historic 46/63 Neighborhood, see below for a short clip from Rockhurst University.