Brad Pitt's foundation to help Kansas City redevelopment

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | 10:11 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — A foundation started by actor Brad Pitt after flooding in New Orleans will help renovate a closed Kansas City school into affordable housing and a community center.

City officials and architects announced the $14 million project for the 103-year-old Bancroft School on Monday.

Pitt, a native of Missouri, founded the Make It Right Foundation to help bring affordable housing back to New Orleans after the 2007 floods. BNIM Architects of Kansas City was one of the firms chosen to help with that project.

The Kansas City Star reported the project is only the second project the foundation has undertaken outside New Orleans.

Organizers say the entire project will be built to highest environmental standards. Besides housing, it will include space for community groups including Kansas City police.

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