WWII Quartermaster Depot in KC could get new use

A World War II Quartermaster Depot in Kansas City may be converted to a food distribution center.

A nonprofit group from New York wants to turn the abandoned site of a World War II Quartermaster Depot in Kansas City into a distribution center for locally grown food.

The site is where as many as 2,500 people worked during the war to distribute food and supplies to troops, or to sort through personal effects of those killed in battle.

But the depot has been abandoned for years and is currently an industrial wasteland of brick buildings and weeds.

The Kansas City Star reports ( ) that a group called Asian Americans for Equality bought the six remaining buildings. The social welfare group and its Kansas City partners are planning a food distribution site. They say they could bring other projects to the site, though the plans aren't yet final.