West Central Neighborhood is the proud home of Downtown and the Birthplace of Route 66. It offers a wide variety of stately Victorians, quaint bungalows and loft apartments.
Walkable amenities abound with sidewalk cafes, coffee shops, and breweries. Downtown is the region’s home for live theatre and nightlife. Recent investments of $100 million include Hotel Vandivort, Heer’s Building, and the Vecino Group’s four historic loft renovations on Park East. West Central Neighborhood is where southwest Missouri celebrates and comes together as a community.
Missouri State University has a strong presence with its international students, urban research park (IDEA Commons), alumni center, and campus housing. Entrepreneurship is fostered at the renovated e-Factory and One Million Cups weekly presentations. MSU students and faculty bring a positive energy to the area.
Architects, designers, financial advisors, attorneys, and more professionals are choosing to locate Downtown. Young professionals are attracted to Downtown’s vibrancy. Those employees can find plenty of housing choices from impressive lofts to historic single family homes. There are options for every price point with an abundance of character. Commutes are mores sustainable by walking, biking, and less time in the car.
West Central Neighborhood Alliance (WCNA) aims to promote pride as an authentic place for everyone to live, work and play. We support quality business growth and a strong quality of life for our fellow residents. If you yearn for the days of front porches and friendly neighbors, we encourage you to join us by living and investing in West Central.
West Central Neighborhood Schools
- Campbell Elementary
- McGregor Elementary
- Pipkin Middle School
- Study Middle School
- Central High School
- Parkview High School
- Missouri State University
- IDEA Commons (MSU Urban Research Park)