KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of a city council committee approved a plan to rezone a home formerly owned by Negro Leagues and MLB star Satchel Paige.
It’s now up to the city council to make a final decision on the plan. They could vote on the issue as soon as Thursday.
It calls for a developer to landscape the property and fix the sidewalks. Issues with water lines and storm drainage on the property also need to be addressed.
A fire severely damaged the upstairs of the home at 28th Street and Prospect four years ago, so those repairs are needed while also inspecting the home to make sure it’s safe for people to be inside.
Paige’s family and the city used money from a grant to fix the charred roof and add a fence.
The house has sat vacant for many years after Paige died in 1982.
Paige is considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time as he played for the Kansas City Monarchs and dominated the Negro Leagues for decades. Then at the age of 42, Major League Baseball finally let him play.
He was the first Black pitcher and played in the majors until the age of 59. He raised his eight kids in this five-bedroom house and entertained well-known guests like Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
Now, there is an effort to renovate the home and use it to teach others about the life of the late, great Satchel Paige.
It does appear that more than four years after the fire, the developers and city are ready to move forward with the project.
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