Got underway in September 2015.
Smoke stains creep out from some windows. Plywood boards warp at others. Broken glass, mangled pipes and graffiti litter the dark interior.
But 14 months from now, the long-abandoned and damaged buildings that once housed West High School, West Junior High, Switzer Elementary and a public library are expected to begin housing apartment tenants.
Foutch Brothers, which won redevelopment rights last year from Kansas City Public Schools, on Thursday signaled the beginning of construction on a $17 million plan to create 114 market-rate apartments in the five-building complex.
The new residential units, located just north of 20th Street on Summit and Madison streets, will range from studios to three bedrooms and are expected to rent for between $800 and $1,600 a month, depending on size and location.