TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY VOLKER NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS PROTEST "8-PLEX" DEVELOPMENT AND EVEN MORE CITY HALL ZONING MISTAKES!!!
Immediately following the embarrassing Kansas City Chiefs loss, TKC zoomed over to the Volker Neighborhood in order to take a look at residents attempting to put up a more resilient fight against developers.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon Volker neighbors were out in force attempting to save the integrity of their neighborhood from a structure that they think looks like an "8-Plex" motel.
Following a stern but respectful letter to Mayor Sly and the City Council these neighborhood activists are out to draw more attention to what they feel is an encroachment into their part of town by a developer who doesn't respect character of this Midtown Kansas City enclave.
While the 8-Plex motel look offends residents . . . What it the development really resembles is more like a condo building. Sadly, anyone familiar with the Kansas City real estate scene realizes that condo speculation can easily damage property values and any semblance of continuity on neighborhood streets.
There are plans to continue protests and tomorrow there might even be another rally that should get more attention.
Activists have aimed their complaints at Doctor/Developers associated with KU but there's also some ire directed the way of City Hall.
To wit . . .
THESE NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVISTS SAY THAT COUNCIL LADY JAN MARCASON HAS IGNORED THEIR REQUESTS TO MEET AND HASN'T REALLY GIVEN THEM THE TIME OF DAY!!!
On the other hand, 4th District At-Large Council Dude Jim Glover has met with the group and offered a bit of advice.
So, what's the plan?
A very helpful Volker neighborhood resident tells TKC that neighbors want the board of zoning to overturn the permit for developers.
Background . . .
PROTESTERS CLAIM THAT CITY HALL HAS FLIP-FLOPPED ON ZONING RULES FOR THESE DEVELOPERS AND VERY RECENT CHANGES HAVE ALLOWED FOR THE BIG CONDO "8-PLEX" THAT WAS RECENTLY ONLY ZONED FOR A DUPLEX!!!
Now what's really important and on background that no other newsies will report . . . Talking with a few residents . . . They seem to think this hot mess is part of an overall City Hall sellout of the Volker neighborhood that seems to support KU encroachment into the area at the expense of residents. Down the street City Hall TIF supports a massive project that will cram a shopping complex within walking distance.
One neighbor noted:
"We feel the City Hall has helped developers overbuilding and they have ignored the character of the neighborhood. It seems like they're only working with developers and not with residents."
DEVELOPING . . .