Renovations on the new Englewood Arts Center are officially underway, bringing revitalization and new jobs to Independence. The nonprofit Englewood Arts recently purchased the former Comprehensive Mental Health Services building, a three-story building in the historic Englewood Arts District. With a mission-related investment loan from Truman Heartland Community Foundation and support from the Sunderland Foundation and others, Englewood Arts plans to transform the building into a dynamic and energetic hub known as the Englewood Arts Center. “We are thrilled to be able to keep our timeline on the renovation of the new arts center while also being able to create new jobs at the same time,” says Michael Baxley, Englewood Arts Director. Just 15 minutes from downtown Kansas City, nestled among historic homes and tree-lined streets, the Englewood Arts Center will serve as a catalyst for the reimagined and transformed Englewood Arts District, providing affordable space for artist studios, housing and community programming. “The new arts center will help usher in a new arts identity for Independence and create one more cultural gem for not just Independence, but the larger Eastern Jackson County community.” With construction scheduled to begin in July, Englewood Arts recently hired a manager to oversee renovations and is accepting applications for full and part-time positions to help secure and prep the space. Learn More About Englewood Arts Visit the Englewood Arts website at www.englewoodarts.art to learn more about plans for the Englewood Arts Center, upcoming virtual art shows and more.