As you may recall, the nonprofit announced in early 2015 they were planning on developing six to 50 new single-family homes in Kansas City. At the time, the news was widely celebrated thanks to the Ocean's Eleven hunk's fame and the organization's previous success of transforming an abandoned elementary school building into new apartments back in 2013.
Make It Right claimed they would begin breaking ground on innovative and energy-efficient homes, similar to the ones they built in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, by May 2015. Unfortunately, almost a year and a half has gone by and very little progress has been made.
Reportedly, the MIRF purchased six plots of land but no construction has begun. To make matters worse, it's said the foundation has offered no clarity in regards to their plans. Oof!
The foundation seems to be in a bit of a crisis as the director of innovations, named Tim Duggan, has left the organization and has yet to be replaced. On his departure, Duggan only noted:
"I have not been with Make It Right for some time."
Huh. In fact, the nonprofit's longtime CEO Tom Darden has also parted ways from the organization. Also, several board members are said to have stepped down from their positions. Dianne Cleaver, executive director of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, dished:
"I think they have seven or nine board members, and four of them are gone, they're being replaced. So they seem to be just in some restructuring, directional challenges."
Many people in KC are very upset with the lack of development as new buildings could help turn the neighborhood around. Looks like Brad has some 'splainin' to do…