State Farm Agent Henry Sandate Helping Revitalize Historic Kansas City

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Henry Sandate, president, and Ann Murguia, executive director, of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association receive Preservation Award from Historic Kansas City.

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We are proud to do what we can to maintain Kansas City’s historic integrity. A major initial strategy has been to provide quality, affordable energy-efficient housing to attract moderate-income families back to Argentine.

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Historic Kansas City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the area’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment, recently awarded State Farm agent Henry Sandate and Ann Murguia of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association (ANDA) the Preservation Award in the category of Community Catalyst. “This award goes to a project, individual, business or group that has greatly contributed to the reinvestment in or revitalization of a historic neighborhood,” said Sandate, chairman of ANDA which refurbished a building in the historic Argentine neighborhood. “We are proud to do what we can to maintain Kansas City’s historic integrity.”

The building restructured was the Simmons Villas Senior Apartments in the history-rich Argentine, a mature urban neighborhood in Kansas City with a stable population that was showing signs of decay despite the community vitality and loyalty of its residents. ANDA was formed in 2004 to revitalize the neighborhood and counteract the symptoms of decay.

“A major initial strategy has been to provide quality, affordable energy-efficient housing to attract moderate-income families back to Argentine,” said Sandate. “The goal is to balance the abundance of subsidized, very-low-income housing and create a more mixed-income neighborhood.”

In addition to the new housing, ANDA has successfully coordinated public and private resources to improve the streets, curbs and sidewalks, which are ongoing priorities of the organization. ANDA is also addressing the commercial blight in the area. “This involves seeking out potential commercial operations, thinking in terms of a master plan for the area and bringing in experts to help determine effective strategies,” said Sandate.

About Henry Sandate, State Farm
Henry Sandate State Farm offers auto, home and property, life and health insurance, as well as annuities. For more information, please call (913) 438-2299, or visit http://www.hsandate.com. The office is located at 10281 W. 87 Street, Suite 102, Overland Park, KS 66212.

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