TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! HISTORIC NORTHEAST RESIDENTS RAGE TO PRESERVE NEIGHBORHOOD AGAINST KANSAS CITY UNIVERSITY MASTER PLAN!!!
Once again the topic of historic preservation confronts Kansas City as locals hope to prevent an iconic structure from becoming a parking lot . . .
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS PLEA TO CITY COUNCIL AGAINST KANSAS CITY UNIVERSITY PLANS FOR HISTORIC NORTHEAST DEMOLITION!!!
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KCU MPD Plan
Good morning Councilpersons
Last week PZ&E voted to pass an ill advised MPD (Master Plan District) for KCU (Kansas City University) without the recommendations put forth by CPC. This ordinance, if passed Thursday by city council will set a dangerous precedent. We can not allow and institution or corporation to bypass the processes that many people and organizations including KCU have spent a lot of time, energy, and money fighting for. This ruling not only affects Northeast but in fact will have consequences for the entire KC area. This MPD will remove the Independence Ave. overlay, BLVD standards and the Historic District Designation from all of their properties allowing them to proceed with wild abandonment. I know that we are in the final hours but I am hoping that you will consider the future hardships that KCU's MPD will create for other Kansas City neighborhoods and residents.
In addition to establishing a carte blanche approach to future development, the University’s MPD provides no detailed, long range development plans. It neither states a commitment to protect, preserve, and enhance the historic, aesthetic, and architecturally valuable properties KCU may acquire for future developments nor demonstrates an intention to abide by the historic district guidelines. The MPD plan originally submitted, on architectural character and the selection of materials (page 4) only promises that KCU will use anything “deemed appropriate by KCU for use on their campus.” We urge you to reinforce the protection and preservation standards granted to Pendleton Heights as a local Historic District and other existing overlays.
KCU’s attempt to operate outside of neighborhood standards is just one symptom of a larger disease. This MPD WILL create a cancer across all of Kansas City.
You decide . . .