School district to consider sale of Westport High to Foutch Brothers

Steve Foutch presenting his firm’s vision for redevelopment of Westport High School at a public meeting in 2012.

After considering four proposals for the reuse of Westport High School, the board of education will vote next week on a recommendation to accept one for a mixed-use development.

The district repurposing office said yesterday, “KCPS Administration is recommending the sale of Westport High to Foutch Brothers, a Kansas City development company has a track record of historic rehab/renovation projects, including several historic school developments in the Kansas City region.  That recommendation is based on an assessment of the qualifications of the proposal teams and their development proposals as well as feedback at two community presentations.”

The developer has proposed a mixed-use project with up to 125 market-rate apartments, as well as other non-residential uses for education, office space, neighborhood-serving 
retail, and a gym.

The school district will consider the proposal at its March 26 meeting. If the sale is approved, Foutch Brothers will be required to hold two public meetings in coordination with  the Southmoreland, Old Hyde Park and Hyde Park neighborhood associations.

One Comment

  1. Silvia says:

    Less education, more business. Sad ending for a over 100 years old school.
    I went to this school as an exchange student from Argentina, it was a great year and
    I got my high school degree 1962.

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