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Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County: Second Friendship House seeks plat OK

Vicky O. Misa
The property for Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County's second Friendship House may soon begin construction, if Shawnee City Commissioners approve its final plat request Tuesday. The house is set to be placed at the southeast corner of Bryan and Main.

Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County is gearing up for construction of its second Friendship House, set to be built on the southeast corner of Bryan Street and Main, thanks to a partnership with the Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority.

Shawnee City Commissioners are scheduled to decide whether to approve the site's Final Plat request Tuesday. This week applicant Keith Shaw CMS, Inc., requested final plat approval for the a 3-acre property at Rolling Hills South Addition.

Background

When Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority (ASHA) Executive Director Sherry Drywater heard about Community Renewal’s Friendship House Initiative, she saw an opportunity.

When Community Renewal's first Friendship House was still in the beginning stages of construction in the Fall of 2017, ASHA was already entering into a partnership with them to build a second Friendship House on Absentee land, as part of what the Tribe called the Good Neighbor Project.

ASHA’s Friendship House is planned to sit on southeast corner of Bryan and Main, directly across the street from Rolling Hills, a housing addition for Absentee Elders.

“I see a lot of families struggling and needing support” Drywater said at the time, “and once I learned about Community Renewal and their focus on family and caring for your neighbors, I knew that was exactly the type of partnership the Absentee Shawnee Housing program needed.”

Fundraising started immediately.

Community Renewal's first Friendship House sits on the northwest corner of Seventh and Pottenger, in Kickapoo Park.

For more information, visit communityrenewal.org.