Monday, January 13, 2014

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:

Save Thacher

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?

Respectfully,

Bryan Stalder
Indian Mound Neighborhood Association
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23 Comments:

Anonymous said...

These are the stories that should be on the city Hall website

Anonymous said...

Wow! Stalder actually trying to do something positive for a change rather than just rant...

I just peed my pants!

Anonymous said...

So, "save this dilapidated POS in the hopes someone might have a bright idea about what to do with it someday, not that we're promising that, since we have no idea what to do with it."

I'll chip in $20 for some gasoline and some matches. Get the hint?

Anonymous said...

Bryan, consistent with your conservative bull shit: I suggest that we knock the fucker down and sell the bricks to foreign developers. We sure as hell should not spend a dime of public money on the public good -- just like you always whine Bryan.

Anonymous said...

Looks like it only needs a bit of paint and $10 billion in repairs before it's usable again. I see no roadblocks to this plan,.

Anonymous said...

It. Burned. Down.
Northeast Middle is reopening...why would the district leave a structure in place that could potentially injure students (or more likely, give them a place to hide out during class).

Anonymous said...

Save some dump rather than kids? Sounds like a community with dangerously misplaced priorities.

Anonymous said...

If they tear it down where will the kids go to smoke dope while ditching class? One thought, why don't you try to sell it as a facility for the trolley such as a stop or repair depot when we waste another billion and expand the system to other points where nobody will ride it.

3rd said...

Implode the district and then give the school back to the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what to think about on this local issue until Bryon gives his thoughts first.

Anonymous said...

1:01, you're a tard. Quit inviting the trolling, the phony BS. Are you new to the internet?

Anonymous said...

Byron's been mighty quiet today. Maybe he's on the depressive side of a bipolar episode.

Anonymous said...

2:32, I heard he died from drinking that polluted WV water! Woo hoo!

Anonymous said...

There are hundreds of old buildings in KCMO that are canidates for restoration. Who is going pay? And what happens to the bldg after it is restored??

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Bryan stay focused on the KC Museum and once it is fully funded he can move on.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 4:43 I'd like to see all old buildings saved but unless one has a good plan for saving and filling the building with people it's all wasted effort.

elBryan said...

Thacher is two buildings; only one is burned down.

Anyone who knows anything about saving historic buildings recognizes that 4:45's statement makes no sense.

There are plans for Thacher, but it currently lacks funding. I have concerns for the future students of Northeast Middle, but I believe there is a reasonable alternative to full demolition.

My main point is that our city is focused on building new things; other cities can build new things. Austin, Denver, Portland; they dont have 100+ year old buildings.

Anonymous said...

Amen

Anonymous said...

Amen

Anonymous said...

Amen

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't he fund the project if he thinks it such a good idea. There is a reason nobody wants to invest their money in this horrible investment..ugh. Move on or pony up

elBryan said...

Lol, ridiculous.

We're simply trying to buy more time until we can find someone with that kind of money. There are plenty of examples of people investing in similar structures around KC.

Anonymous said...

Good luck..you will need it