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Prairie Plains Apartments

700 West 8th Street
Lamar, MO
  • Prairie Plains exterior
  • Prairie Plains townhouse entrances
  • Prairie Plains gazebo
  • Prairie Plains living room
  • Prairie Plains unit kitchen
  • Prairie Plains kitchen and bathroom
  • Prairie Plains kitchen
  • Prairie Plains living room
Deal Type: 
Acquisition/Rehab
Year Built: 
1981
Acquisition Date: 
2001
Last Renovation: 
2002
Number of Units: 
50
Tenancy: 
Family

At the time Prairie Plains was put up for sale in 2001, the development represented three-quarters of the affordable subsidized rental housing in Lamar, which is located on Interstate 71, the north-south route from southwestern Missouri to Kansas City.  POAH's $22 million purchase of a portfolio shortly after its founding saved 915 affordable homes for seniors and low-income families in a dozen Missouri locations including the 50 at Prairie Plains. 

The site includes five one-story buildings with 20 units for low-income seniors, and five two-story townhouse-style structures with 30 family-sized apartments. A community building with meeting space, the management office and laundry facilities rounds out the seven acre site.

A project-based Section 8 contract ensures that current and future Income-qualified Prairie Plains residents pay only 30% of their household income for rent.

Project Partners

  • Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC)
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Fairway Construction Co
  • Wallace Architects, LLC