Beacon Hill Community Council was organized in August 1974. It is the only remaining organization extended from the old Model Cities Program. In 1985, the property at 2550 Tracy was purchased for the Beacon Hill Community Center. In 1998, the Beacon Hill Community Center was renamed Beacon Hill McFeders Community Council in honor of its former President Mr. T.W. McFeders.
In the 1920’s Kansas City had not expanded very far south. The area from the river to 27th Street was considers the most part a ghetto with deplorable living conditions for blacks and other minorities. German Jewish Owners sold houses to African Americans and moved further south and so it was constant migration produced a fashionable neighborhood around Lincoln School alongside a slum known as “The Bowery” between Troost, Woodland, 17th & 25th Street. (A History of Kansas City 1978:185)
In 1952, one black family attempting to find suitable living quarters, moved to 2736 The Paseo Boulevard. As a result the home was bombed. At that time 49 homeowners in the neighborhood, members of Troost Park Property Owners were plaintiffs in a breach of contract lawsuit against Olive C Campbell who sold the home to the family (1978:258)
Earlier in 1933 a paper had been drawn up “prohibiting the sale of, use of or conveyance of said properties listed” to colored for a period of fifteen years and at such time, this was to be attached to the deeds and or abstracts of each siding household and thus provided a legal authority for the lawsuit.
Beacon Hill is designed as a mixed-use, new-urbanist neighborhood located in Kansas City, Missouri within walking distance of Hospital Hill, Crown Center, Union Station, Liberty Memorial and historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. Covering almost 90 acres with a rolling terrain and panoramic view of downtown, the neighborhood has direct access to Bruce R. Watkins Drive.
A perfect example of a bit of everything is The National World War I Museum, which offers several attractions for history buffs, includes a wide section of historic artifacts and other items from all over the world. Pellom McDaniels III a former assistant professor of history and American studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, specializing in African American history created the exhibit “They Came To Fight” African Americans and the Great World War which features Herman Johnson a former Beacon Hill resident for more than 50 years.
Beacon Hill offers over 300 new building sites for single-family houses, attached and detached, in addition to 100 fully renovated traditional and historic Kansas City houses.
Beacon Hill is designed as a traditional Kansas City neighborhood with a pedestrian orientation and streetscape, rear lanes for garage access, open space and neighborhood amenities such as a community center, retail live/work spaces, and commercial lofts.
Beacon Hill is a diverse urban neighborhood in the heart of Kansas City where not only is livability a valued commodity of its neighbors, but so is walk-ability. There are more than 18,000 well-paying jobs within walking distance of the neighborhood in places such as Crown Center, Hallmark, Truman Hospital, and Children’s Mercy Hospital. For leisurely adventures, the Commons provide plenty of room to soak in the sunshine, while the North Commons provides a more scenic view with its beautiful landscaping and meandering paths. In addition, the neighborhood hopes to attract retail for a more mixed use opportunity, including a grocery store at 27th and Troost.
Additionally, historic Robinson Hospital has been redeveloped as the Residents of West Paseo, an elder housing development with 45 residential units.