KC CASE cancels contract of St. Paul's, Guadalupe Centers likely to buy instead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Officials from the St. Paul School of Theology and a lawyer representing the non-profit group KC CASE tell 41 Action News that the group has canceled a plan to purchase the seminary campus on the city's east side.

The Latino community group Guadalupe Centers, Inc. has made a tentative offer for the property that both sides are reviewing, according to Cris Medina, Guadalupe CEO.

Medina told 41 Action News his organization has been looking for a way to expand onto Kansas City's east side for some time. The hope is to open a charter school and provide childcare and adult education on the site. Medina said both sides have 90 days to conduct their due diligence on the sale, which could be completed in mid-January.

KC Case is a coalition of groups assembled to help women and children exploited by the sex industry, including former prostitutes. They had planned to open a multi-use facility on the St. Paul's site complete with dorms, classrooms and a job-training center.

Douglas Farchmin, a lawyer representing KC CASE, told 41 Action News an environmental assessment of the property revealed unanticipated costs, and that KC CASE "was uncomfortable moving forward with the purchase and attempted to renegotiate but was unsuccessful."

Farchmin said he was unaware of any plans to locate the KC CASE campus elsewhere in the metro at this time.

Representatives from KC CASE did not immediately respond to questions as to whether the neighborhood reaction factored into their decision not to pursue the purchase.

Heather Chamberlain, a spokesperson for St. Paul's, said the school is now under contract to sell the Truman Road campus to another group, but could not disclose the buyer at this time.

When the group's plans to purchase St. Paul's were disclosed in August, they prompted a backlash from neighbors worried about property values and the group's possible effect on the character of the neighborhood.

Representatives from KC CASE did not immediately respond to questions as to whether the neighborhood reaction factored into their decision not to pursue the purchase.

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