"We don't want that in our neighborhood": South KC residents express opposition to migrant shelter plan

KMBZ News Staff
March 10, 2020 - 7:50 am
Migrant children at U.S.-Mexico border

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Arizona-based Vision Quest has filed multiple special-use permit applications with the city to convert old Kindred Hospital at 87th and Troost into an 85-room facility to hold undocumented migrant boys aged 11-17.

City leaders have voiced opposition to the plan, and it's not a plan some residents in nearby neighborhoods have any interest in backing, either.

Roger Kube owns and operates the Stony Crest Urban Farm, located next door to the old Kindred Hospital. He told KMBZ he's concerned about what the facility could mean for the future of the neighborhood. 

"The reality is, a group home is intended to be a place where caring and support and healing take place, not a hundred and 48 bed unit like the Kindred Hospital is," Kube said. "We're opposed to that happening here in our neighborhood."

Kube added that even if the permits are approved and the project goes ahead, he foresees friction between neighbors and Vision Quest. 

"My sense of the neighborhood is that generally we're opposed to it," Kube explained. "My hunch is that there would be an ongoing negative relationship, if Vision Quest is even open to any kind of relationship with the neighborhood."

While some city leaders have expressed opposition to the proposal, it's mostly out of their hands.

The special-use permits will be reviewed next week by the City Planning Commission, and will be assessed based on guidelines provided in the city's development code.

The Commission will then either recommend or deny approval of the permits to the Board of Zoning Adjustment. That means the full city council likely won't get a chance to vote on the issue. 

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