KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A planned multi-million expansion of faith-based non-profit Healing House took a step forward last week when the organization’s development plan was approved by the City Plan Commission.
The substance abuse recovery organization is planning a $5.2 million expansion that would move its operations from its current location on St. John Avenue to the site of a former bowling alley located just north of St. John and N. Elmwood Avenue. The plan calls for Healing House to renovate that structure and provide 4,200 square feet of assembly space, 3,800 square feet of office space and about 1,300 square feet of accessory use space for its current clientele in the Historic Northeast. Also included in the plan is a significant increase in parking that would create 42 spaces between two lots on either side of N. Elmwood.
The current Healing House facility has only nine parking spaces, which is an issue that has caused some friction with the surrounding neighborhood. Healing House Executive Director Bobbi Jo Reed, however, says that those issues have been resolved as the organization has begun using a vacant lot to park cars during busy nights.
By Paul Thompson, Northeast News
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