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Kansas City Among Finalists for Major Federal Grant

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City is among several finalists for a competitive neighborhood transformation grant of up to $30 million. The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas City hosted the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development team that will judge who wins the grant. Kansas City is one of nine finalists for the Choice Neighborhoods grant, which would help revive an area around Independence Avenue. The HUD group toured the proposed district this week. Kansas City's grant application calls for relocating about 500 residents of the 1960s-era Chouteau Courts apartments to smaller mixed-income sites over the next five years and improving the district's business development and social services, as well as its transit and infrastructure. Kansas City is among nine finalists for the grant money and officials say five grants will be awarded The winners will be announced by late September.

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