Sources affiliated with Saint Paul School of Theology say the school has negotiated a contract to sell its Truman Road campus to a prominent local social service agency. The seminary is negotiating with the Guadalupe Center’s Inc. to move into their old building.
The future of the Truman Road campus had become controversial after the leader of a Washington D.C. coalition of social service agencies known as KC CASE filed for zoning changes in order to move into the seminary.
Neighborhood activist Sherry Ashcroft worried the zoning changes and some of the at-risk populations who would move in could negatively affect the neighborhood. She says Guadalupe Center is a better fit, since over half the local community is Hispanic.
“I’m hoping bringing Guadalupe Center might help them organize a little bit, be more politically active, and bring their voice to our neighborhood,” says Ashcroft.
Steve Wagner, the leader of KC CASE, did not respond to inquiries for comment.
The St. Paul School moved to Leawood, Kan. earlier this year.