Sunday, December 16, 2018
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! HERE'S THE HISTORIC KANSAS CITY PLAN TO SAVE ENDANGERED COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA CHURCH!!! WILL IT WORK?!?!
This might be the most important fight for middle-class white people in Midtown and right now TKC is FIRST to offer the plan for critical review beyond the social media bubble imposed the these local denizens.
FROM HISTORIC KANSAS CITY
Historic Kansas City (HKC) and Friends of the Plaza (FOP) are launching an aggressive campaign to save the Plaza from new high rise development. The Plaza’s historic nature is immediately threatened by the demolition of the 7th Church of Christ Scientist at the corner of 47th and Pennsylvania to be replaced with a 12-story, mixed-use project by Legacy Development.
We need your help! Join HKC and FOP in the fight to Save the Plaza. Here are some things that you can do:
1) Contact your city council person by email, letter or telephone--see our talking points below for some ideas about what to say.
2) Support this effort by become a member of HKC:
3) Join HKC or Friends Of The Plaza to show your support and stay informed on upcoming rallies, protests and future Plan Commission hearings . . .
4) Support Pending Legislation to Protect the Plaza: The building complies with current zoning, B4-5, which allows unlimited building height. Reaffirming the need for a higher level of protection on the Country Club Plaza. This can be achieved through the third expansion of the “Plaza Bowl” Overlay District, scheduled to be heard by the City Plan Commission on January 15, 2019. Show your support and contact your city council person using the link above.
Key points in this case are:
The Country Club Plaza was the first outdoor shopping center of its kind and was completed in 1923. It was developed by J.C. Nichols and designed by architect Edward Buehler Delk in the Spanish style.
The Country Club Plaza is central to the identity of Kansas City and is a major tourist attraction. It supports a vibrant, 24-hour community and its charm, appeal, and popularity can be attributed to its historic nature and pedestrian friendly atmosphere.
Over the years, the historic fabric of the Plaza has been slowly disappearing. It is under immediate threat due to “bottom line” driven development decisions that irresponsibly compromise the character of the Plaza by ignoring established city policy.
Legacy Developments’ plan is in violation of the city’s Midtown/Plaza Area Plan, a document that guides development in the Plaza area. Specifically, the project violates the “bowl concept”, allowing for smaller buildings within the center of the Plaza, with larger skyscrapers surrounding that bowl. The building’s proposed 12-story height is four times the maximum building height set forth in the “bowl concept”. Also, the proposed building is grossly incompatible with the existing architecture.
The building complies with current zoning, B4-5, which allows unlimited building height. Reaffirming the need for a higher level of protection on the Country Club Plaza. This can be achieved through the third expansion of the “Plaza Bowl” Overlay District, scheduled to be heard by the City Plan Commission on January 15, 2019. More to follow on this issue.
This development plan necessitates the demolition of the 7th Church of Christ Scientist. The church, which opened in 1942, is an excellent example of the Romanesque Revival style, specifically the latest evolution of the style that witnessed a resurgence in the 1940s; is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and has no protection from demolition. HKC submitted an application for local historic designation, originally to be heard in December. HKC has asked the Preservation Commission to delay consideration of the application to January 25th to allow us time to talk with affected parties.
Will it work??? You decide . . .