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Renovations Coming to Prospect Corridor

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A major development is coming to Kansas City's Prospect corridor. Neighbors say they're looking forward to the economic boost.

For the past five years, a building that was once a construction company has been vacant. Now, a new tenant will soon move in. Developers say it marks a new beginning for the neighborhood.

Precious Harper has lived in the Prospect corridor area for the past seven months. She knows the neighborhood needs major development.

"Right now, we don't have anything here," she said. "It's blank. We have all this open land and it's not getting used."

Members of the Blue Hills Community Services have high hopes for the area. The group plans to move into a vacant building at 50th & Prospect and give it a $3 million makeover. Their goal is to turn the 14,000 square foot structure into a multi-purpose community center. Initially, the center will focus on training and business development for small business contractors.

People like Morris Goode are excited. He has been a contractor for 25 years. He hopes to land a deal with Blue Hills and renovate some of many, rundown, empty houses in the area.

The center will also offer office space to neighborhood groups and hopefully bring in what's needed most, jobs. Sarah Reyes has lived in the area since 1964. She thinks the new development will be a great improvement to the neighborhood.

"I think it will make the neighborhood look a lot better than it does now," she said.

Constructions workers will start renovating the building in May. If all goes according to plan, The Blue Hills Service Center will open its doors in November, 2012.

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