Neighbors near St. Francis Xavier Church to voice concern about proposed dorm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Residents near St. Francis Xavier Church aren't happy about the Catholic Diocese's plan to change the nearby school into a Catholic dormitory.

Tuesday morning, nearly 50 residents who live near the church at 52nd Street and Troost Avenue are expected to attend the city planning meeting to voice their concerns which include traffic, parking and having little community input.

Les Cline is the president of the 4963 Neighborhood Coalition and said the Diocese had proposed a larger dormitory last year but failed to receive city approval. He said when the church decided to make a new proposal, the developer gave them very little warning. 

"A third party, not even the developer, told us 19 days before the hearing," Cline said. "That's not enough time for thoughtful discussion."

The developer scaled back the plan after meeting with community leaders.

Both sides are expected to speak at 11 a.m.

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