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Community is both a physical place--houses, streets, schools and churches, and of course, relationships.

It's the relationships that bind us together, support one another and provides us our community identity and home we call Western Independence, Missouri.

The NorthWest Communities Development Corporation is committed to leading and building this community on behalf of its residents. We have three core activities that we actively pursue...

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Fairmount Community Center

We relocated the Community Center and our offices to the newly renovated St. Ann’s School building at 217 S. Cedar in the early Spring of 2009. Fairmount Community Center is “home” for nearly 100 seniors in northwest Independence. Weekly recreational events and a nutrition program provides a warm atmosphere for vital relationships to be nourished for residents of our area.

Centerpoint Hospital is in the process of establishing a clinic in the Community Center. We have also partnered with Centerpoint to provide health care screenings for area residents. City government and neighborhood organizations use our facility as a convenient location for meetings in northwest Independence.

Housing

We support housing redevelopment in historic neighborhoods filled with people who desire opportunity and a willingness to make contribution on their own. We partner with the City of Independence to revitalize neighborhoods through home renovation, new construction, and a home repair program. To date, we have renovated seven homes and repaired over 500 homes.

We sponsored the development of the Fairmount Plaza Apartments – a 57-unit Section 202 apartment complex for low-income seniors at 615 South Huttig. The beautiful Fairmount Plaza Apartments were completed in December 2002 and have remained 100% occupied with a waiting list ever since.

Community Advocacy

In partnership with the Independence Police Department, area business districts, block watch groups, and other community entities, the NWCDC has obtained two Weed and Seed grants. Weed and Seed is a federal program that seeks to curb crime in a community by “weeding out” offenders and by “seeding in” community building services.

As a community development corporation, the NWCDC is a major asset in the development of the quality of life in western Independence. Several of our board members were active in school boundary change that took place from 2007-2008. The NWCDC has been a good partner with the Maywood and Englewood business district.