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Ridge Top II

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Built: N/A | Year Saved: 2019
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

Following the Section 106 Review, VALOR’s core members informed executive members of the National Trust of the district’s impending demolition and it was placed on 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 2000.

The VA heard the community’s concerns and reviewed the proposed alternatives for the historic buildings. In 2001, the VA proposed to rehabilitate the buildings with private funds through the Enhanced Use Lease Program. The VA proceeded with the new proposal and worked with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to develop a Memorandum of Agreement for the treatment of the properties. The Eisenhower Ridge Association, led by private developer Pioneer Group, was awarded the 75-year lease to rehabilitate the district buildings for new tenants.

With the completion of the Ridge Top II Apartments rehabilitation, the team has rehabilitated 30 of the 38 buildings and is continuing to work with prospects on potential projects for the remaining eight buildings.

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