Cocina 47 Scorched But Country Club Plaza Probably Not Saved

Tonight locals are gloating over a temporary victory against developers and the continued demise of Kansas City's greatest entertainment district.

Here's part of the story . . .

The City Plan Commission unanimously agreed against recommending development plan approval for Cocina 47. The developer, Overland Park-based Drake Development LLC, proposes building three restaurant levels under six full-floor condominiums for sale. The Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist at 604 W. 47th St. would be razed to make way for the building.

The Cocina 47 plan moves on to the City Council for consideration.

Tuesday's decision followed more than two hours of public testimony from 17 people, all but one of whom spoke out against the project. Most were business executives and members of neighborhood associations in the Plaza area, whose objections centered on building height and parking.

Meanwhile . . . 

The Plaza hasn't been the same since the 2020 BLM Riots/Uprising wherein politicos took part in and encouraged crowds who clashed with police.

Let's not forget that future anchor Nordstrom pulled out, no less than a dozen storefronts are empty and the Mayor is attempting to craft a future for the district. 

Read more via links . . .

Planners reject $60M Country Club Plaza mixed-use, saying it exceeds height restrictions - Kansas City Business Journal

A proposal to build an approximately $60 million nine-story mixed-use building on the Country Club Plaza, which exceeds the district's height requirements, didn't pass muster from Kansas City planners. The City Plan Commission unanimously voted against recommending development plan approval for Cocina 47.

Related reading . . .

We Asked 7 Experts How To Fill the Giant Nordstrom-shaped Hole in the Plaza

Nordstrom backed out of building a new store on the Country Club Plaza, leaving a massive void-and an opportunity.

You decide . . .