Thursday, December 20, 2018
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! COUNCIL DISPUTES KANSAS CITY HISTORIC DESIGNATION FOR COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA CHURCH!!!
A valiant effort to preserve another endangered Kansas City Country Club Plaza landmark is, unfortunately, doomed.
To wit and behind the scenes for election time . . .
A COUNCIL MAJORITY VOWS TO DENY ANY HISTORIC DESIGNATION RECOMMENDATION GIVEN THE WILLINGNESS OF THE CHURCH BOARD TO REDEVELOP THE PROPERTY!!!
Lost in all of this discussion is the opposition of the Church to efforts by Historic KC to "save" the building.
In a recent letter to the Landmarks Commission they write about the "ill intent" of anti-development activists and emphasize : “While we treasure our present structure and property, we have never considered it historic, nor worthy of designation as such. We have never sought, nor do we intend to consider in the future, a 'Historic' designation,” the letter noted.
More to the point . . .
KANSAS CITY ANTI-DEVELOPMENT ACTIVISTS WANT TO ENFORCE THEIR WILL ON PROPERTY OWNERS!!!
As always, we thank KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS for this info and offer FIRST word on this faux controversy . . .
"This is part of a holiday fundraising push by a lonely group of activists, nothing more. The demolition and construction of a new building has been planned for years. What's unfortunate is that the media has been so easily manipulated by their hype. The developers and the current owners are in favor of this project. The only effort to prevent this was concocted at the last minute by a small cadre of obstructionists who have, to date, failed to preserve any local building they've sought to rescue.
Of course the Council is against this and Historic KC has no love from their district reps or any of the candidates running to replace them. Already the Landmarks Commission has brushed this effort aside . . .
They're crying wolf on this structure because they've grown even more desperate and attempting to push around a church congregation during the Christmas season is as low as they can go!"
That's harsh but accurate inasmuch as the fight to save buildings from the wrecking ball on the Plaza has been a losing battle.
Moreover, amid the Christmastime season of redemption, it's important to note that this church doesn't want to be saved.
Developing . . .