TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! NORTHEAST KANSAS CITY: SAVE THACHER!!!
TKC NOTE: An important plea for help from one of the best and brightest living in Northeast. Check it:
On behalf of the residents of the Historic Northeast neighborhood, I am seeking assistance in preserving the Thacher school building on Independence Avenue from demolition. It is among one of the oldest standing structures in our neighborhood, possibly dating back to the 1870s, and although it has fallen into disrepair due to negligence on the school district’s behalf, it is still a viable building for reuse.
While fully aware of the concerns that KCPS has regarding the safety of their students returning to Northeast Middle on the adjacent parcel this fall, we still believe it would be a tragedy to simply demolish a building that is so important to our neighborhood’s identity as Historic Northeast. Surely we can find a compromise that would allow us to properly secure the structure until an investor can be found with a viable plan for repurposing the building. We, as concerned citizens, have plenty of ideas for the reuse of Thacher, are currently in the process of searching for funding, and have requested more time to find a use for the structure. The school district has only given us until February 26; hardly enough time to put together a solid business plan and secure funding.
Will our city sit idly by while yet another piece of Kansas City history comes down to make space for a parking lot or a soccer field? Or will they stand up with the residents in Historic Northeast by recognizing the significance that the demolition of the Thacher school building will have to 3rd and 4th district residents, old and new, who have invested their own time and money into preserving and restoring the history of our city, and our neighborhood?
City Council approved an ordinance last August that allowed $78M in special obligation bonds to finance the NEW East Patrol Crime Lab and the NEW Swope Park Soccer Complex. It was later amended to help finance the NEW streetcar project. Where is the money to preserve our history? We’re asking for your help. Will you help us?
Indian Mound Neighborhood Association