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Examiner
  • History revisited

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  • A special neighborhood celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony/open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the restored historic home at 423 N. Pleasant St. in Independence.
    This previously dilapidated and abandoned home in the Truman Historic District has been restored by the Builder’s Development Corporation according to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, allowing the home to once again contribute its historic integrity to the character of the Truman National Historic Landmark District.
    U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, Independence Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Whiting, Independence Council Member Marcie Gragg, Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders and BDC Board Chairman Tom Woods, along with other city officials and area residents, will take part in the neighborhood celebration.
    Free barbecue and drinks will be provided, sponsored by Capital City Bank, and hanging baskets will handed out to all mothers in attendance in honor of Mother’s Day, courtesy of the Home Depot Foundation (while supplies last).
    “The Truman Historic District is treasured not only as an area of local pride but as one of the most authentic and significant neighborhoods in the nation,” Independence Mayor Eileen Weir said in a statement. “The preservation of the built environment is essential to telling the story of the Truman and Wallace families and of the unique place Independence holds in American and world history.”
    During the celebration for 423 N. Pleasant, other nearby BDC completed projects at 417 W. Farmer and 1118 W. Walnut will also be open for tour. Each project represents a significant investment in the neighborhood, as almost every aspect of the home was renovated.
    Renovation and preservation was made possible through the city of Independence and Missouri Neighborhood Stabilization Program, supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and private construction financing from Capital City Bank and Builders Development Corporation. In addition, a significant amount of funding was made available through the Neighborhood Preservation Act Tax Credit Program administered by the state of Missouri.
    The Builders Development Corporation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Community Development Corporation working toward rebuilding communities in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The BDC is a past recipient of a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Best Practice Award for its commitment to energy-efficient and affordable homes.
    For more information, contact Independence Community Development Program Supervisor Christina Leakey at cleakey@indepmo.org or Michael Snodgrass of Builders Development Corporation at msnodgrass@bdc-kc.org.

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