Chiefs Hunt family to redevelop areas of downtown KCK

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kansas City Chiefs Hunt family is bringing another business venture to the metro.

This one is already in the works on the other side of the state line in Kansas City, Kan., and it has nothing to do with sports.

"It will bring hope for people of Kansas City, Kan.," Lamar Hunt Jr. said.

Through his charitable division of his Loretto Companies, Hunt has decided to sink some of his football money into downtown KCK's long empty buildings.

"We've bought this building and this building," he said as he walked down the 700 block of Minnesota Avenue.

His first business owner, Jamina Bone, paints a mural over the construction site that will soon be her coffee house, A Cup on the Hill. She pointed to part of the painting as she stood with Hunt, "This is my house!"

Bone had a dream to start the business for years but admits she would have had a very difficult time had it not been for a well known Kansas City man she had never heard of before.

“It's a dream come true,” she said, "I dream of people coming in and getting a sandwich and getting some coffee."

Hunt has given a jolt to her coffee shop and four to five other businesses in the downtown KCK area where buildings have sat empty for decades.

Hunt wants to bring back the hustle and bustle of eras past

"It gives people an opportunity and that's what this is about," Hunt said.

Why so far from his other pro football venture on the other side of the state line? 

"One of our main family assets is the Chiefs and that permeates the whole community - it's not just one side," he said.

He said helping one helps us all and that the community has given him so much.

“If you take the take the fans and the sponsors and the TV contracts and all of those things that the community has given to me, we need to give back, we need to give back to the community we live in."

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